Yap (seated) meeting hawkers seeking his advice and assistance on their BKSS applications at Kota Sentosa Market.

Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance

KUCHING: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) has advised all unlicensed hawkers, petty traders, and food stall operators to comply with all the requirements and criteria laid down by government to qualify for the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) aid.

SUPP PCB chief and SUPP Kota Sentosa Branch chairman Wilfred Yap had recently been approached by numerous unlicensed hawkers, petty traders, and food stall operators on the status of their application for the BKSS aid of RM2,250.

“From the interviews carried out with these individuals, it was discovered that the majority of their problems arose due to their misunderstanding of the criteria and requirements to qualify for the BKSS aid and their failure to furnish all the relevant documents and information which must be accurate, truthful, and factual,” he said in a statement yesterday (July 10).

“In view of the incomplete documentation and inaccurate information furnished by the applicant, it has invariably resulted in the delay of the approval of their application or even rejection for the BKSS government aid of RM2,250,” he added.

Yap (seated) meeting hawkers seeking his advice and assistance on their BKSS applications at Kota Sentosa Market.

For the information of the general public, he said that one of the basic criteria to qualify for BKSS aid for unlicensed hawkers, petty traders, and eatery stall operators was that they must be a Sarawakian aged 18 and above.

In addition, he said that the applicant must be a genuine trader that had been personally trading physically such as operating a stall, kiosk, or roadside stall before April 1 this year.

“Traders operating an eatery food stall inside a coffee shop are entitled to the BKSS aid but they must furnish the necessary documentation of personally trading in the coffee shop.

“Unlicensed hawkers or petty traders must also be registered with the local council and have a valid permit issued by the local council. The application for permit to the local council should have been made by the unlicensed hawker, petty trader, and eatery food stall operator on or before May 31 this year,” said Yap.

Furthermore, he said that online business was not included in the BKSS aid.

SUPP PCB said that it could not bend the requirements and criteria for BKSS aid laid down by the government and was not in a position to assist in situations where the applicant did not meet the criteria or where the applicant had failed to comply with the requirements laid down by the government.

They also emphasised that it was not a government agency or approving authority, and could only assist on complaints on late or lack of response or inaction, unfair practices, and mediocre and service failure of the relevant local council and government agencies.

SUPP PCB is always ready to lend a helping hand to unlicensed hawkers, petty traders, and eatery stall operators in coffee shops who comply with the criteria and requirements for BKSS aid laid down by the government.

Anyone requiring assistance can call SUPP PCB at 016-7797688 or 082-246999, or visit SUPP Head Office directly to request for assistance.