KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has spent over RM97.3mil to help 324,573 Covid-19 Bantuan Prihatin recipients as of April 5, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor (pic).
He said these funds went to the RM300 one-off cash assistance for those affected and added that the state government had also distributed a total of 296,638 food baskets to the needy during the same period, which is about 94% of the target group.
"This shows that the government is committed to helping the rakyat during these trying times amidst the Covid-19 pandemic," he said after officiating a food basket programme by Maxis in Tuaran on Tuesday (April 6).
Hajiji said that in 2020, the state had added an extra RM160mil for the Covid-19 assistance fund from the initial RM50mil allocation for this purpose.
Earlier at the event, he thanked Maxis for their care and concern for those affected by the pandemic in Sabah.
Maxis allocated 2,000 food baskets for the B40 category recipients in Sabah, out of which 1,700 baskets have been distributed from January.
The remaining 300 baskets were distributed during the event for the needy in Tuaran.
Hajiji added that he hoped more non-governmental organizations and companies would come forward to help Sabahans rebuild their lives.
"Let us all continue to live by the standard operating procedures to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission and to register yourself to be vaccinated," Hajiji said.