KUCHING: Application for the special one-off RM10,000 cash aid under the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) 7.0 for businesses should be simplified.
Pelawan assemblyman David Wong said the assistance should also be extended to the micro-enterprises instead of being limited to small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Wong wondered why the eligibility criteria and application for the aid was changed after the first tranche of payment is due.
“Why is the government only changing now the eligibility criteria and requiring business owners to apply for the aid?
“Businesses were supposed to receive their first cash aid payment by now, but instead they are only given two weeks of time to submit their application or miss out the cash aid,” he said in a statement on Thursday (Oct 7).
Wong said in August when the aid was announced, applications were not required but recently this changed, with business owners required to produce additional documents and meet other requirements when applying the aid.
“Business owners who missed the letter and think that the application is not required will miss the application. Why the sudden change to the cash aid eligibility criteria business owners are now required to submit their applications?”
He said instead of making applications more difficult and confusing, the application for the assistance should be automated and simplified.
Wong said the micro-enterprises in the state should be included for the aid, as a majority of Malaysia’s business entities are categorised as micro-enterprises.
He said since the Covid-19 pandemic has devastated the nation’s economy, many businesses have been forced to retrench their employees to survive, with their income also heavily affected.