Rakyat-caring stimulus package to be tabled

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  • Thursday, 26 Mar 2020

PUTRAJAYA: An economic stimulus package described as a rakyat-caring one will be tabled tomorrow, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic).

The Prime Minister said officers at the Finance Ministry were working hard to prepare the package.

“We hope this comprehensive economic stimulus package will bring benefits to all.

“Whether you are a taxi driver, Grab driver, farmer, restaurant owner, nasi lemak or pisang goreng seller, the government will strive as best as we can to ensure everyone will benefit from it.

“InsyaAllah (God willing) no one will be left behind,” he said in a special televised address yesterday.

This past week has seen the government channelling more allocations and introducing initiatives to ease the people’s burden to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among them is a RM600mil allocation for the Health Ministry, RM130mil to be distributed to all states and allowing Employees Provident Fund contributors to withdraw RM500 monthly for 12 months.

On top of that, Bank Negara will allow individuals along with small and medium enterprises to delay repayment of their loans, including mortgages and hire purchases, for six months.

Muhyiddin had also directed the Health Ministry to ensure that medical frontliners got time off to rest and recharge.

He said while these workers took a breather, volunteers comprising other doctors and nurses from the private sector and voluntary bodies would move in to take over their duties temporarily.

“I’m aware that doctors, nurses and hospital staff are exhausted and I have made the directive for them to be given rest in stages before they resume their duty,” he added.

Muhyiddin also reminded police and army personnel who were tasked with enforcing the movement control order to take care of themselves.

“To all the frontliners, I pray that you remain strong. I know what you have to do is not easy,” he added.

The Prime Minister also hoped that zakat collection centres and charity organisations would reach out and help those in need during this difficult time.

“I call upon charity organisations to rise to the occasion by helping the needy regardless of race and religion.

“The difficulties they are facing are unprecedented and I believe all of you can do something meaningful to ease their burden,” he said.

Aware that it is not easy to stay at home for a long period of time, Muhyiddin said many had found creative ways to occupy themselves, from Skyping to doing indoor exercises and coming up with creative menus for the family.

The Prime Minister said he, too, had been using FaceTime to talk to his grandchildren as “they can’t come to Tok Ayah’s (grandfather) house like they used to”.

“In short, we have the capability to adapt to changes. Whatever the challenges are, we must not let it weaken our spirit to continue with life.

“As the saying goes: when the going gets tough, the tough gets going,” he added.

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