CM unveils RM1.4 billion BKSS 6.0 package

Abang Johari (fourth left) speaks to reporters. From left: State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion; Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing; Deputy State Finance Secretary Datuk Dr Wan Lizozman Wan Omar; Economic Planning Unit (EPU) director Dr Muhammad Abdullah Zaidel; Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Deputy State Secretary Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Marzuki. Photo: JaPen

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has unveiled another Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance Package (BKSS) worth RM1.4 billion to cushion the financial blow of Sarawakians as the state enters its second movement control order (MCO) starting tomorrow.

The new package, among others, provided cash assistance to B40s, frontline workers, hawkers and petty traders and others affected by the MCO. It also introduced discounts to electricity, water, assessment rates and rentals to eligible recipients.

“I hope that the measures in BKSS 6.0, including the measures that are being implemented, can to some extent help ease the burden borne by all of us during this difficult time.

“The Sarawak government is always thinking of the best measures in implementing initiatives to help ease the burden of the people.

“We prioritise the safety and wellbeing of the people for them to continue to be protected. Myself and my partners in Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will continue to contribute and serve for the sake of our beloved Sarawak,” he said when unveiling the aid package today.

The new package brings the expenditure of the state government for BKSS to more than RM4.5 billion with the previous five BKSS packages costing more than RM3.1 billion.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) had announced on Thursday that the state would be placed under MCO from tomorrow to June 11.

Abang Johari assured that the decision was made due to the increasing trend of daily Covid-19 cases in Sarawak.

“The government has decided to take stricter and more stringent measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the community and prevent a drastic spike in cases.

“These measures will certainly affect us all. However, the government is taking this difficult action to ensure the safety, health and lives of all of us.

“The Sarawak government which is always concerned on the plight of the people has previously implemented five BKSS packages worth more than RM3.1 billion which to some extent reduced the burden of the people,” he said.