JOHOR BARU: The Johor government has unveiled its third economic stimulus package worth RM241mil to up its Covid-19 pandemic management efforts and provide financial relief to the people.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad (pic) said the Ihsan Johor 3.0 financial aid package, which touches on 33 initiatives, was aimed at empowering the state’s management of the pandemic and strengthening social safety.
He said RM75mil was allocated to improve its pandemic management efforts where RM40mil from the portion would be used to purchase Covid-19 vaccines to allow more people in Johor to get vaccinated.
“This will involve KPJ Healthcare where they would be able to sell vaccines to those who need them.
“The state government will also provide 190, 000 Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kit to conduct targeted tests and enable three city councils here to purchase the test kits to benefit about 60, 000 people, ” he announced on Facebook on Thursday (June 10).
He added that RM20mil would go to providing allowances and ensuring that the welfare of the frontliners at the vaccination centres and roadblocks are being taken care of.
“The status of the Malaysia-Singapore border closure and the state government’s development visions depend on the way we manage our daily Covid-19 cases.
“Through these initiatives, Johor will be able to test, trace and vaccinate better. And above all, we hope to recover faster, ” he said.
Since the first movement control order in March last year, the state government has allocated a total of RM550.95mil through three economic stimulus packages, benefitting more than 1.5 million recipients.
He said a total of RM167.33mil was allocated for the first Ihsan Johor economic stimulus package followed by the second financial package worth RM109.48mil.
Hasni added the Ihsan Johor 3.0 economic package would also benefit various sectors including the small and medium enterprises, petty traders, tourism industry, school bus and van drivers, media fraternity and the creative industry.