Selangor launches second stimulus packages worth RM272mil

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  • Wednesday, 01 Apr 2020

SHAH ALAM: Selangor has launched its second stimulus package worth RM272mil, as well as announced a Covid-19 aid fund.

A pay-cut by the Mentri Besar, executive councillors, assemblymen and heads of Selangor's government-linked companies was undertaken for the Selangor Covid-19 Special Aid Fund, raising RM8.07mil.

On the stimulus package, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari (pic) said Pakej Rangsangan Ekonomi Selangor Prihatin 2.0 was formulated based on two main challenges.

“Firstly, it is on how to battle the pandemic from spreading further and secondly to handle the economic challenges faced during and post-pandemic period," he said.

According to him, mass Covid-19 screenings would be held at hot spots and red zones in the state with a target of 5,000 people at a cost of RM1.35mil.

A total of RM1.344 mil will go towards free food aid for medical frontliners for the duration of the enhanced movement control order (EMCO).

The package will also contribute towards taking care of the frontliners children with some 2,500 families receiving a total of RM1.5mil.

“The media and news frontliners who are working hard to convey facts and information to the masses are also not forgotten.

“In appreciation of media and security personnel, a total of RM100,000 will be spent to prepare free food for them, said Amirudin.

Under the stimulus package, those who are infected with Covid-19 will also receive RM1,000 each.

Ïn addition, RM1mil will be spent on mental health counselling and professional interactive classes.

The stimulus package also provides an allocation of RM42.5mil to upgrade the state’s Skim Peduli Sihat healthcare subsidy which will benefit 85,000 recipients.

To ensure the continuity of food supply, some 5,000 farmers and fishermen will receive special Agroprenuer aid costing RM500,000, said Amirudin.

Some of the other aspects of the stimulus package are:

> RM50,000 allocation to go to the Selangor Covid-19 Task Force

> RM2mil on face masks, hand sanitizers and gloves to be distributed to the people

> RM3mil for quarantine stations to house Persons Under Surveillance from the tabligh cluster and overseas arrivals.

> RM1mil in seedlings, livestock and equipment for Some 2,000 farmers, breeders and fishermen.

> RM30,000 for assemblymen in the state to help their constituents.

Amirudin announced the state’s first stimulus package on March 20 which was valued at RM127.8mil. In total, the state’s two stimulus packages are just a little shy of RM400mil.

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