Give cash aid to affected businesses

Dr Yii (second left) presents cash aid to a hawker while Chong (second right) and Yong (right) look on.

KUCHING: The state government is urged to consider giving cash assistance to businesses affected by the spread of Covid-19 cases in their vicinity.

“This includes legitimate businesses that are not allowed to open during this period including gyms, entertainment, reflexology and spa among others.

“Good governance is measured when the riches are resources are properly distributed to the people especially during a time of need.

“There is no point claiming to be a caring government if it does not help the people who are struggling to make ends meet,” said Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii.

He said the Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) has been on the ground to give cash assistance to food and beverage hawkers at Icom Square.

“They (the hawkers) were affected by recent declaration of an official cluster in the area. Since then, we were informed that their business has dropped more than 50 percent. Many stalls have closed, and some have moved to different locations.

“We understand that the token we give may be a small amount to most people. However, we hope that this act will raise the necessary awareness towards the importance of standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance,” he said in a Facebook post on Sunday (May 2).

Earlier, he along with Stampin MP Chong Chieng Jen and Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong visited Icom Square to distribute the aid to the traders.

“At the same time, we also push for a similar initiative to be adopted by the state government on a larger and more comprehensive scale to help the different businesses that have been affected by the pandemic.

“We (DAP Sarawak) may not have much, but we will try to do as much as we can,” he assured.