(From right) Tay, Barry, Stephanie and Kuching SUPP Youth assistant training secretary Jong Zhen Xiang.

KUCHING: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Youth Central Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) bureau chief Eric Tay and his team assisted hawkers to apply for the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) grant.

The team helped Barry and Stephanie, both operating stalls in Padungan, to get a proper hawker licence before applying for the BKSS grant.

“Before this, they did not have a proper licence, which is the condition to acquire the BKSS.

“They received a notification from Kuching City South Council (MBKS) recently and the application for the grant has also been approved,” Tay said in a statement on Friday (July 3).

Tay added that the hawkers had expressed their gratitude to his team, MBKS and the Sarawak government.

To date, a total of 35,667 hawkers and petty traders have been successfully registered as recipients of the grant.

Among them, 15,667 are qualified licence holders, with the rest unlicenced applicants who were issued temporary hawker licences through the local government. 

“Each qualified applicant shall receive RM2,250, which is channelled out through the Sarawak Pay app or counter collection from Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN). This initiative from the Sarawak government has undoubtedly reduced the economic pressure on the hawkers.

“Even though the federal and Sarawak governments have provided various subsidies and introduced various policies to benefit the people, it can only solve the short-term difficulties,” he said.

In the long run, Tay said the recovery of the national economy could only be achieved in a stable political situation, and more importantly with a government that is really concerned with the welfare of the people.