SIBU: The federal government is urged to release the cash handouts in early April, and second phase ― end of April ― instead of end of April and end of May, which will be too late for most of those in need.
Sibu MP Oscar Ling in saying this yesterday mentioned that he has received many requests for food and other daily essentials from lower income group of people, and the daily paid workers.
“I think most of them have started running out of food, and some started to borrow rice and other essential items from friends,” he revealed.
Ling also urged the government to consider implementing next phase of movement control order (MCO) in different approaches.
“Some sectors should be allowed to resume their operations, especially businesses that would not attract large crowd, factories and construction sites,” he opined.
Ling also agreed that another two more weeks of MCO is needed to break the infection chains. And moreover, there has been a prolonged incubation period on some Covid-19 patients.
“But in the meantime, we have to carefully monitor the impact it has on our economy, to ensure that after MCO, our economy can be revived healthily.”
Ling was also critical of the stimulus packages announced on March 27 by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as “it did not have a clear plan on how to help our SMEs and businesses.”
definitely need more than RM25 billion fiscal injections into our market,” he
Ling emphasised that the people need more help from the government as well as a quick response and clear plan ahead.