All-round ‘ayes’ for assistance

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BY JACINTHA JOLENE

KUCHING: It was the thumbs-up all round for the latest aid package of Bantuan Sarawakku Sayang 8.0 (BKSS 8.0) worth RM285.47 million.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg announced the package yesterday (Jan 28). The assistance, one the largest assistance packages ever provided by the state government, is aimed at lessening the burden of the people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BKSS 8.0 is also in line with eight strategic thrusts of the 2022 State Budget, namely:

  • protecting lives and livelihoods;
  • steering economic recovery;
  • facilitating and sustaining business recovery;
  • transforming agriculture and rural economies;
  • developing human capital;
  • accelerating digital adoption and data utilisation;
  • balancing economic growth with environmental sustainability; and
  • enhancing government capacity and service delivery.

The follow are some of BKSS recipients who were asked about their thoughts on the package.

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Raas

RAAS

Housewife

I’m very thankful to the Chief Minister for providing the assistance. The aid will help me to purchase basic necessities such as rice and oil. Looking at the current economy now, it is truly a relief for me and my family.

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Sim Hock Seng

SIM HOCK SENG

Retiree

As I’m now in my old age, it will ease some of my burdens, especially when it comes to paying bills and other necessities. I thank the government for taking care of the people.

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Chris Wagner

CHRIS WAGNER

Chef

To me, this aid can also serve as an additional income and decrease my daily expenses. If nothing goes wrong, I would like to keep half of the aid amount for investment.

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Syukri Misrom

SYUKRI MISROM

Administration clerk

My opinion of the BKSS 8.0 is that it is able to reduce the burden of its recipients, and it also reflects the government’s care and concern for its people and in line with the GPS election manifesto.

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