Every little bit is a big help

"I have been terminated as a personal trainer but am coping well as a wealth planner. I have little savings, but the amount is enough to see me through. To save, I cook at home and spend on essential food items only instead of splurging on luxury items. I would use the RM200 aid for B40 singles to buy food. It would be good if the amount is higher."

Lau Wai Lok, 26,” wealth planner

"For me, the RM100 given to singles in the M40 group may not seem like much but it is a big amount for those struggling to make ends meet. Although Phase One of the National Recovery Plan has not affected me very much, I know many neighbours who were retrenched or not paid their salaries. When I get the money in August, I plan to contribute it to a food bank in my neighbourhood to help those who are in need. The RM100 for single people would not make much difference to people like me, but it can be beneficial to those who need to put food on the table."

Noorihan Noorudin, 31, former tour guide, Ampang

"Since the movement control order, my housemates and I have split our expenses and shared food at home. Although the RM200 for B40 singles may not look like much, I think it can help us save on our monthly expenses and I hope it can cover the utility and groceries bills."

Ravi Varman Yalu Malai, safety supervisor, Pulau Tioman

“I plan to use the RM100 to buy food for my mother and myself. However, I think the government should standardise the quantum, offering the same amount to both single or those with families because single people also have commitments."

Leon Dison, 48, former hotel worker, Sabah

"For me, Pemulih has more benefits compared with the previous Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat. I’m very grateful for the government financial aid as this can offset some of my overdue utility bills. I will also use the money to buying work-related equipment."

Daniel Wong Wei Loon, 28, tutor

"The tourism sector continues to be one of the hardest hit sectors and is unlikely to bounce back anytime soon. Like any other hotel worker here, my colleagues and I have been taking turns going on unpaid leave since last year. I am thankful that I have a mother, siblings and friends who help me a lot during these trying times. The aid from the Pemulih package will be handy to sustain our livelihood. However, the authorities need to monitor the essential goods sold at supermarkets and grocery stores to ensure the prices are not inflated."

Fizah Yusof, 36, assistant marketing communications manager, Sabah

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