KUALA LUMPUR: A total of RM222.4mil was channelled to frontliners involved in battling the Covid-19 pandemic, along with those involved in enforcing the movement control order (MCO), says Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz.In the 18th Laksana Report on the Implementation of the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package, the Finance Minister also noted that RM2.7bil was credited into the accounts of 4.18 million Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) recipients.
For those who qualify but have yet to receive payment, funds will be credited into their bank accounts or they can claim the aid in cash at any Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) branch until Dec 31, 2020.
Appeals for BSH 2020 could be done until Sept 6 and unsuccessful applicants could submit their appeal through the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) branches, Revenue Service Centres (PKH), Urban Transformation Centres (UTC) or online, Tengku Zafrul said, adding that no payment was required.
As for taxi drivers, he said, the government had channelled one-off cash assistance worth RM18.05mil to 30,089 taxi drivers, an increase from RM17.9mil, involving 29,968 taxi drivers for the first phase recipients.
For tour guides, Tengku Zafrul said a total of 7,610 of them received one-off cash assistance amounting to RM4.57mil as of Aug14 this year, and RM1.7mil to 2,870 tour bus drivers.
Under Objective 2: Supporting Businesses, he said 67,413 applications had been received for the Employees Provident Fund’s (EPF) Covid-19 Assistance Programme (e-CAP) with 12,706 applications worth RM83.23mil approved.
Also, a total of RM9bil worth of wage subsidies was approved, benefiting more than 2.6 million employees. Out of this, a total of RM8.75bil was disbursed for the Wage Subsidy programme.
As for the BSN Micro Credit Scheme, he said, payments had been made to 9,899 small and medium enterprises (SME), involving a total of RM340.12mil as of Aug 14.
Payments have also been made to 24,957 SME under the National Entrepreneur Group Economic Fund programme, involving a total of RM187.92mil for the same period. For Objective 3: Strengthening the Economy, Tengku Zafrul said a total of RM1bil had been allocated to finance the purchase of medical equipment such as ventilators and intensive care unit equipment, personal protective equipment for public medical service personnel as well as laboratory requirements for Covid-19 screening. — Bernama
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