KUCHING: The practical aid measures included under the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) 8.0 package would benefit people from all walks of life and help ease the cash flow of many families.
“It is indeed great news for Sarawakians in general, especially the discounts on water and electricity bills now being extended until June this year,” said Sarawak Business Federation (SBF) secretary-general Datuk Jonathan Chai Voon Tok when contacted on Friday (Jan 28).
He said the one-off cash incentive of RM500 for operators of river taxis, registered passenger van operators, taxi drivers, and school bus and school van operators as well as the one-off grant of RM1,000 for hawkers and petty traders registered with the local authorities would definitely help to ease the cash flow of these self-employed or small businesses.
“I would also like to appeal to the relevant authority to look into and expedite the approval of those applications for the one-off grant of RM10,000 for the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and RM3,000 for the micro enterprises which are still pending and under processing.”
He also called on businesses whose applications had been rejected due to the provision of incomplete documents or other reasons to furnish all the requisite documents and adhere to the prescribed requirements.
“This is to enable the relevant authority to process their applications,” said Chai, who is also Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sarawak (ACCCIS) secretary-general.
Earlier the same day, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg had announced the seven measures under the BKSS 8.0 package worth RM285.47 million, with these initiatives aimed at reducing the burden of the people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.