SEREMBAN: The RM500 aid given to flood victims here since early November is all the state government can afford, says Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.
The Mentri Besar said his administration has given out aid to more than 2,000 households since the Nov 4 flash floods inundated several areas here.
"We have allocated some funds to help the flood victims and that is all we can afford," he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting at Wisma Negri.
Aminuddin said the state government has also given aid to flood victims in other parts of the state such as in Sg Rokan in Gemencheh and Dangi in Kuala Pilah.
"In fact, we are going to need money to help flood victims till March.
"So, RM500 is all that we can afford for now," he said adding that the state government has set aside additional funds so that it would be able to provide for other victims as well.
MCA had prior to this urged the state government to increase the RM500 aid given to victims especially in the Rasah constituency affected by flash floods on Nov 4.
Rasah MCA secretary Ng Kian Nam had said the amount was insufficient, as some victims had suffered heavy losses.
Separately, Aminuddin said several manufacturers here have relocated some 600 foreign workers living in hostels to two hotels to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19.
He expressed hope that this would help reduce the number of cases among foreign workers.
"We are also happy to note that the number of Covid-19 cases involving foreign workers is on the decline.
"The state government will continue to talk to employers to house some of their foreign workers elsewhere, so that we can further reduce the risk and number of positive cases," he added.
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