PUTRAJAYA: It is time for all parties to set aside their differences and help the rakyat cope with the challenges of Covid-19, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).
The Transport Minister said the government’s commitment towards ensuring that every affected person receives aid is shown in its fair distribution of allocations to all elected representatives for the food basket initiative.
“RM300,000 has been allocated to each MP from the government and Opposition to expand the food basket initiative, and this will benefit those in constituencies who are truly affected.
“RM10mil has also been allocated to implement the food basket programme specifically for the Orang Asli community.
“This shows the government is serious and fair in giving aid to the rakyat regardless of political allegiance.
“This is also the right time for all parties to unite and put aside their differences in political ideologies, for the sake of the rakyat and country,” Dr Wee said in a Facebook post Tuesday (June 29).
The expansion of the food basket programme is one of the initiatives under the RM150bil Pemulih aid package announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday (June 28).
Dr Wee said the RM30 subsidy for taxi and e-hailing fares for the disabled and elderly to get vaccinated will boost the government’s Covid-19 immunisation programme.
“This subsidy will help the disabled and the elderly attend their vaccination appointments. This ensures that the vulnerable are not excluded from receiving their vaccine shots and this will accelerate the immunisation programme at the community level,” the MCA president said.
Dr Wee also said the government was committed in providing job opportunities, with initiatives such as HRD Corp’s “Place and Train”, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)’s eRezeki, Glow and PenjanaKerjaya.
“The Place and Train initiative under the 'Janapreneur' programme will benefit 30,000 school leavers and graduates, with an allocation worth RM125mil.
“Through this initiative, these youths will have the opportunity to attend skills training programmes that come with employment guarantees at the end of it.
“MDEC will also be enhancing the eRezeki and Glow programme to assist more than 20,000 job seekers in the gig economy.
“The government also agreed to extend the PenjanaKerjaya programme, which was supposed to end this month," Dr Wee said.
He added that the improved PenjanaKerjaya 3.0 reduced the eligible income from RM1,500 to RM1,200 for the Malaysianisation programme, which will spur employers to replace foreign workers with local ones.
“Thank you to the prime minister for listening to views from all sides. Hopefully the Pemulih package will be able to assist the rakyat and the country to face the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Dr Wee.