Wee: Additional aid to be rolled out

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  • Saturday, 28 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry has announced additional initiatives to help alleviate the adverse economic effect caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) said through its agencies – Johor Port Authority (LPJ) and Railway Asset Corporation (PAK) – several initiatives would be rolled out to complement the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package.

“LPJ will provide a rental exemption for all tenants at its flats for six months from April. This exemption covers 143 units with collection amounting to RM370,425.

“PAK will also exclude six-month asset rental payments from next month, which involve 2,200 renters with an estimated collection of RM15mil,” he said, adding that both initiatives would help to alleviate the burden of families, comprising B40 and M40 groups.

Dr Wee said the government would continue with the implementation of all projects allocated in Budget 2020, including East Coast Rail Link, MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya Line and the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan.

“This is in line with the government’s focus on ensuring sustainable economic growth,” he said.

He said measures laid out in the stimulus package announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin were a true show of “no one is left behind”.

“In the face of the virus, a total of RM250bil has been allocated to benefit all Malaysians.

“Almost RM128bil is channelled to the people’s welfare, RM100bil to support businesses, including SMEs, and RM2bil to strengthen the country’s economy. Thanks to the PM, the entire Cabinet and all those involved in coming up with the initiative to help the people,” he said.

Dr Wee also said the ministry was aware of issues and concerns affecting the public transport sector.

“No one is left out, including e-hailing drivers, whose daily income is badly affected,” he said.

“To ease their burden, the government will provide a one-off aid of RM500 to 120,000 e-hailing drivers with an allocation of RM60mil.”

In the previous economic stimulus package, the government announced that taxi drivers would receive a one-off sum of RM600 starting April 1.

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