The people will be cared for, come rain or shine, says Muhyiddin

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 25 Apr 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The government has given the assurance that the people’s welfare will be taken care of despite the country being in the midst of the movement control order (MCO) due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) said various strategies have been planned to ensure Malaysians are not denied necessary aid throughout this challenging period.

"The measures we are taking will have an impact on the people by making their lives more assured. What is the purpose of the government, if it is not to help and take care of the people? That is the top priority in any government.

"The efforts must be done with conviction as results from these measures taken will help improve their lives,” he said in a special interview aired over RTM, Astro Awani, TV3 and Bernama TV on Saturday (April 25).

The Prime Minister said the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package (Prihatin) announced recently did not leave out any category as each and every citizen has been affected by the pandemic.

"The stimulus package involves a huge amount, but it covers every segment...whether those in the low-income group (B40), businesses, individuals or groups, everyone has a share of the package, the M40 group as well,” he said.

Muhyiddin, on March 27, unveiled the Prihatin package worth RM250bil to protect the welfare of the people, support businesses, and strengthen the economy in a move to cushion the Covid-19 pandemic impact.

He later announced a RM10bil additional stimulus package for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Elaborating on the government’s plans to protect the people’s welfare post-MCO, Muhyiddin said the government will ensure the country’s economy is on solid footing to ensure aid continued to be channelled to the people.

"We will not allow it (economy) to collapse as the government collects taxes from economic activities. If businesses are to wind up or suffer losses, how is the government going to earn revenue to fund the people’s needs?” he said.-Bernama

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