Assemblyman lauds BKSS 5.0

Yussibnosh Balo

MUKAH: Tellian assemblyman Yussibnosh Balo described Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) 5.0 as a good move by the Sarawak government in helping lessen the burden of people until the middle of this year amid the pandemic.

He said discounts on utilities such as treated water supply and electricity will benefit the people as staying home means high usage of water and electricity.

“The business community and the small and medium industries whose income are most affected will benefit from the rental discount, permit and business licence wavers and premises rentals,” he told New Sarawak Tribune via WhatsApp today.

The former Balingian assemblyman was commenting RM405 million BKSS 5.0, which Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg announced on Thursday.

He added that the discount on assessment bills and Housing Development Commission (HDC) home rental will help in reducing the burden of the people who are affected, for six months this year.

Yussibnosh explained that the waiver of hotel licence fees was also a good move as it will help sustain industry players who have to incur the cost of maintenance, payment salaries and others amid low revenue following less travel and tourism activities.

He lauded the deferment of land premiums which directly benefits landowners, whose sales were affected due to restricted mobility, although there was production from their land.

He added that the moratorium of six months for SME loans will be a great relief to borrowers who face uncertainty in business or are experiencing loss due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Yussibnosh, who considered the RM405 million BKSS 5.0 as a big amount, hoped that the pandemic would end soon so that our life would return to normal.