Abang Johari. Photo: Ramidi Subari

Govt may credit money into bank accounts, says CM  

KUCHING: The disbursement methods of the RM645-million aid to people adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic will be determined shortly, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said the state government is looking at swift methods to help people survive during and after the movement control order (MCO).

“We already have a system in the Internal Revenue Board (IRB) and we have a team under the State Secretary to distribute the aid by April,” he said.

He spoke about possibly crediting the money directly to the recipients’ bank accounts. For those who do not have bank accounts, they would get paid at certain government counters. Those with Sarawak Pay or S-Pay might receive direct money transfers.

“All these methods will be discussed in a meeting chaired by the State Secretary,” he said in a televised interview with RTM on Sunday.

Abang Johari said the reason for announcing the state’s stimulus package ahead of the federal government’s Prihatin Nasional package was because of its importance.

“We need to take care of our people quickly. We can’t wait for the federal government. Ours is a large state, so we require a different approach.

“The funds that we have, we give them to the people. If we manage our resources well, we can recover quickly and return to normal,” he said.