MELAKA: The annual distribution of Bubur Lambuk, a porridge for the month of Ramadan, has been put on hold by the state government.
Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali said the decision to temporarily halt the distribution is in line with the movement control order (MCO) and to minimise the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"We have also temporarily frozen the issuance of permits for Ramadan bazaars, as well as religious rites at mosques during the MCO period.
"We would only lift the decision if there is further directive and the situation is safe," he said on Thursday (April 2).
The porridge is traditionally distributed by hotels, private hospitals, theme parks and government departments to locals during the fasting month.
Sulaiman also announced three more additional incentives for locals during the MCO.
He said the fees for water abstractions issued to 169 licence holders in the state has been deferred for two months starting April.
Sulaiman said the discount is provided for the rent of premises by small and medium industry entrepreneurs that includes lots managed by the Melaka Development Corporation (PKNM).
He also announced that 495 frontliners from four local councils in the state will be eligible for cash incentives until the state is declared free from Covid-19.
Sulaiman said the incentives would be paid under two phases.
Earlier, the Chief Minister announced that all four local councils would get new presidents starting this month.
Government-linked companies and corporations will also witness changes in leadership, effective April 1.
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