KUCHING: Coffee shop owners who are selling beverages are eligible for the financial aid under the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) 6.0.
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said cash assistance of RM1,500 will be given to the group.
“Thank you to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for approving kopitiam (coffee shop) owners to be eligible for the aid,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (June 19) after a Facebook live session with Kuching South City Council mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng.
Dr Sim also said food aid under BKSS for those affected by the ongoing movement control order (MCO), as well as the provision of financial assistance to the B40 group and hawkers will roll out immediately.
He said more assistance for the M40 group and the small- and medium-sized enterprises will be included and announced by the chief minister next month.
During the livestream, Dr Sim said the aid for coffee shop owners was considered and later approved by the Sarawak government following a proposal submitted by the Coffee Merchants Association.
The association has previously highlighted that coffee shops were never covered in any of the categories, be it under Sarawak’s BKSS or the federal government’s Pemerkasa packages.
Meanwhile, Dr Sim said that there is a downward trend in the state’s Covid-19 cases following the implementation of the MCO for another 14 days.
He said this was possible due to public cooperation, solidarity and discipline. He added that the frontliners have been working non-stop to fight against Covid-19.
“No words can describe how grateful I am to everyone for playing their roles and doing their parts during this challenging time,” he said.