Petty traders’ plight being addressed

Dr Hazland (third left) checks on a pineapple trader at Kampung Tabuan Melayu.

KUCHING: The plight of the petty traders amid the Covid-19 pandemic has the attention of the state government, assured Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni.

“The Sarawak government announced the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) amounting to RM1,500 to each street hawker last year.

“Not only that, the Sarawak government also set aside a total of RM1 billion in interest free loan to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) under the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) Special Assistance Fund.

“It also waived interest under the Sarawak Micro Credit Scheme as well as rental for businesses at government linked company (GLC) owned premises,” he said after visiting street vendors in Kampung Tabuan Melayu today (Feb 18).

He said the state government’s continued concern for hawkers is also manifested through the additional special allocation of RM750 as announced in BKSS 2.0 making the total amount received by hawkers to RM2,250.

Dr Hazland said besides the assistance from the state government, the federal government too has introduced initiatives to assist petty traders through its Prihatin, Penjana and Permai aid packages.

The Demak Laut assemblyman also noted the importance for petty traders in Kampung Tabuan Melayu to be moved to a proper business site.

“Apart from its clean and spacious business site, the new site also allows buyers to conduct business in a comfortable manner.

“This will improve the quality, sales as well as increasing the number of customers for the traders,” he said.