RM10,000 one-off assistance to active businesses

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg launches Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) 7.0 while Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah look on.

KUCHING: The state government will give a special one-off assistance of RM10,000 to active businesses registered in Sarawak under the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) 7.0 package.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the assistance would be paid in two tranches — RM5,000 in September and the remaining RM5,000 in December this year.  

“I have received requests from the business associations and federations for financial assistance to sustain their businesses, particularly to cover their operational costs.

“This includes rental and wages of their employees especially the small and medium enterprises (SMEs). 

“In this regard, the Sarawak government will provide a special one-off financial assistance of RM10,000 for active businesses in Sarawak registered with Socso as of Dec 31, last year,” he said when launching BKSS 7.0 package on Wednesday (Aug 4).

Abang Johari said the initiative would cost the government RM400 million in direct expenditure and benefits approximately 40,000 active businesses in Sarawak.

The chief minister assured that the government would support businesses that require foreign workers to ensure economic resilience during the pandemic through a relaxation of renewal of employment permit.

“As such, the renewal of employment permit with the validity of labour licence for the plantation sector until Dec 31 next year during Covid-19 will be extended to all sectors, namely agriculture, mining, construction and services,” he said.

Meanwhile, on Sarawak’s transition to Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), Abang Johari said more businesses would reopen with the updated standard operating procedures (SOPs) by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“Industrial and business activity is expected to gradually recover with the reopening of the economy,” he said.