Finance Minister: 90,000 e-hailing drivers to get RM500 aid on April 20

PETALING JAYA: Some 90,000 full time e-hailing drivers will get their RM500 aid under the government's economic stimulus package on April 20, says Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.

"After receiving feedback from 40 e-hailing companies, the cash aid will be made this April 20 to about 90,000 e-hailing drivers," he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (April 14).

He said the aid, under the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package, is available to full time drivers earning at least RM1,200 a month.

He said this is to ensure that more e-hailing drivers, particularly those from the rural areas, would be eligible.

He noted that the aid was in addition to the one-off RM600 meant for trishaw operators including taxi and tourist drivers to be paid this month.

"As of April 12, some 25,000 taxi drivers or 86%, and 7,500 or 63% of tourist drivers had received their payments.

"As for trishaw operators, all payments have been made," he added.

On the Bantuan Perihatin Nasional (BPN) cash aid, Zafrul said some 8.3 million applications were made of which 6.6 million were approved, totalling RM4.9bil in payments.

"There are 2.77 million fresh applications for the cash aid with 274,000 applications under appeal," he said, adding that payments will be made to eligible applicants after verification by the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).

So far, he said that 3.2 million or 96.6% of B40 households and 3.4 million B40 singles or 92.3% had received payments of RM3.2bil and RM1.7bil respectively.

Zafrul also said the government had approved the hiring of 1,974 medical officers covering several fields.

"The RM600 special allowances for health officers and RM200 for frontliners will be paid by this month," he added.

He also said that almost 3,000 businesses have applied for Bank Negara's special relief fund for assistance amounting to RM1.46bil.

He added that a total of RM1.17 employees were allowed to withdraw RM500 from their Employees Provident Fund (EPF) for the month of May, totalling RM572mil.

Zafrul said a total of 1.5 million students of institutes of higher learning will receive their one-off RM200 aid, amounting to an allocation of RM300mil.

He said for the wage subsidy,

31,000 employers have applied for the aid for 299,000 employees, amounting to RM307mil in payments.

He noted that 98% of those benefiting from this were small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with less than 75 workers.

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