Selangor reactivates its Covid-19 aid fund

KLANG: Given the gravity of the current pandemic, the Selangor state government has reactivated its Tabung Bantuan Menangani Bencana Covid-19 Selangor, which was initiated in 2020.

To get the ball rolling, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari (pic) contributed one month of his wages to the fund.

"The state government is also planning to implement a pay cut for executive councillors, assemblymen and top management of the state's government-linked companies (GLC), '' said Amirudin when announcing Selangor's latest Covid-19 economic stimulus dubbed Pakej Kita Selangor on Wednesday (Jan 20).

He said the funds from salary cuts would be channelled to the fund to help the people of Selangor.

Amirudin said any contributions from the state's GLCs towards the fund would also be welcome.

He said the state received contributions amounting to RM9.3mil last year and received another RM2.3mil for the fund on Wednesday morning.

He also said various initiatives have been implemented under the Pakej Kita Selangor to benefit the people.

Among the initiatives is an RM1.3mil allocation for food baskets to be distributed to beneficiaries such as taxi drivers, school bus drivers, people living in People's Housing Project (PPR) flats, solid waste lorry drivers working with Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad Waste as well as Orang Asli.

Amirudin also said the state government would waive January rentals for those living in PPRs and defer rent payments for February and March.

"This will incur a cost of RM1.7mil and benefit 2,371 PPR tenants. Deferment of rental for February and March will also be available to 450 tenants under the Smart Sewa Scheme with a financial implication of almost RM1mil, '' said Amirudin.

Also allocated was RM10mil for an e-kitchen programme to help small-scale food and drink sellers steer their businesses online.

A micro-credit plan will also be rolled out for other small businesses such as small-scale provision shops.

Other beneficiaries include farmers and fishermen who will receive food baskets and petrol subsidies respectively.

Amirudin also announced that the Selangor state government would contribute RM1mil to Pahang and RM500,000 each to Kelantan and Terengganu to help flood victims.

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