SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government has announced its second financial package to help the state’s people and businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Called Pakej Kita Selangor 2.0: Bersama Menuju Kejayaan (Our Selangor Package 2.0: Towards Success Together), the three-pronged strategy addresses the people’s welfare, economic and business sustainability, as well as arresting the spread of Covid-19, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.
“The 25 programmes constituting Pakej Kita Selangor 2.0 valued at RM551.56mil will benefit some 1.6 million people in Selangor, ” he said in his speech when announcing the package.
One notable facet of the package is the RM100, 000 allocation towards addressing domestic violence by setting up a dedicated hotline.
The state has also allocated RM1.25mil to address the increasing number of Covid-19 cases classified as “brought in dead” (BID) to hospitals in Selangor.
“In May alone, 123 cases were classified as BID, compared to the total of 293 such cases recorded in Malaysia (since the pandemic started).
“Selangor is second after Sabah as the state with the highest number of BID cases, with 27.6% (of the total), ” said Amirudin.
He added that the state would also allocate funds for a home assessment tool that would be given to those who are found to be Covid-19 positive through screening exercises.
The kit comprises N95 face masks, a thermometer, an oximeter, medicine and saliva test kits.
“This will help Covid-19 patients under quarantine assess their health condition with the help of healthcare personnel and the district health departments through the SELangkah app, ” he added.
The economic package also includes food aid to low-income families, those who have lost their earning capacity due to the pandemic, as well as the disabled community, with the food to be distributed via the state’s 56 state constituencies.
In a virtual press conference later, Amirudin said that Selangor’s purchase of Covid-19 vaccines had been signed, with 500, 000 doses expected to arrive this month.
On the type of vaccine, he said it would be from one of the three currently used in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.