Permai aid package worth RM15 bln to combat Covid-19 impact

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KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced the RM15 billion Malaysian Economic and Rakyat’s Protection Assistance Package (Permai), comprising 22 initiatives to combat the impact of Covid-19.

The Permai Assistance Package is anchored on three goals, namely battling Covid-19, preserving the welfare of the people and supporting the continuity of business.

“In general, the Permai Assistance Package improves existing initiatives that are still ongoing and also accelerates the implementation of related initiatives,” the Prime Minister said when delivering a special address on the Permai Assistance Package which was telecast live on television stations here today.

Muhyiddin said since the outbreak of Covid-19 early last year, the government has implemented four economic stimulus packages worth RM305 billion, or more than 20 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), to help the people and businesses, as well as protect the economy.

He said these economic stimulus packages involved RM55 billion in fiscal injections by the government.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said the government does not expect an impact similar to the second quarter of 2020 as the implementation of the current movement control order (MCO 2.0) sees more economic activities being allowed to operate.

“As such, the impact of the current MCO to the economy is expected to be manageable.

“Growth will continue to be supported by strong exports sector and the global trade recovery,” he said.

The prime minister added that the economic stimulus packages, Budget 2021 and the Permai assistance package will continue to boost consumption.

Furthermore, he said high-impact projects and initiatives with significant economic multipliers will continue to drive the economic recovery momentum. – Bernama