KUANTAN: The Pahang government has announced a further RM9.3mil in aid for people in the state who have lost their source of income due to the movement control order (MCO).
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail (pic) said the allocation was the second phase of targeted aid under Bantuan Prihatin Pahang Covid-19.
"With this, RM17.1mil has now been allocated for the implementation of phases one and two of the targeted aid.
"Under phase one announced on May 24, the allocation is RM7.8mil. Some of it has already been distributed to the hardcore poor and the disabled.
"Aid for senior citizens above 80 who are also recipients of Social Welfare Department assistance will be distributed from next week," he said in a statement on Friday (June 4).
Wan Rosdy said the large allocation is proof that the state government cares for the people's welfare, especially during this difficult period.
"It is also provided according to the financial capability of the state at this time.
"Like the assistance initiatives provided earlier, the second phase is in the form of cash and essential items.
"Among those who will benefit under phase two are boat operators and tour guides, school canteen operators and their employees, delivery service providers, e-hailing drivers as well as volunteers at vaccination centres," he said.
The same goes for the Orang Asli community through their batin (village heads), as well as residents under the Village Development and Prosperity Committee (JKKK), Settlement Development and Prosperity Committee (JKKR) and New Village Development and Prosperity Committee (JKKB), members of the Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans Association and the Malaysian Ex-Police Association as well as artists.
Wan Rosdy said he had requested that the aid distribution be implemented as soon as possible so that the recipients could benefit from it without delay.