KUCHING: Hawkers and petty traders can breathe a sigh of relief as the state government has stepped in to alleviate some of their financial burden following the movement control order (MCO).
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said RM1,500 will be paid in two tranches to the group under the second Sarawakku Sayang assistance package.
“A special grant amounting to RM1,500 per entrepreneur will be provided to each hawker and petty trader registered with the local authorities.
“This will benefit more than 65,000 petty traders and hawkers throughout Sarawak. The grant will be paid out to the eligible entrepreneurs through Sarawak Pay account.
“The overall amount of the grant to be borne by Sarawak government is RM98.4 million,” he told a press conference Friday.
He encouraged those who are not registered with local authorities to do so and new applications will also be considered for the RM1,500 grant.
“This is especially to those who are self-employed, we ask them to register themselves with their local councils,” he said.
Abang Johari said for those hawkers and petty traders who are eligible to receive assistance but have no Sarawak Pay account, they can apply by just downloading the Sarawak Pay App through Apple Store or Google Play Store and apply online.
“For those who are outside the internet coverage and may not have easy access to Sarawak Pay they will be given cash vouchers.
“This is especially for those registered petty traders with Fama and Department of Agriculture in the rural areas,” said the chief minister.