Tiang to take up BKSS issue with EPU

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BY JACINTHA JOLENE

SIBU: Anxious Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and micro businesses which have yet to receive the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) 7.0 and BKSS7 Plus can turn to Michael Tiang for help.

The Assistant Minister for Public Health, Housing and Local Government intends to take up their case with the state Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in Kuching next week.

“I received numerous queries regarding this issue. I understand they are anxious, so I want to help the companies in Sibu which had applied but yet to receive the assistance.

“So, those who have yet to receive any assistance or yet to receive any reply from the relevant authorities, please submit your company names and person-in-charge contact number to my assistant Miss Wong at 010-5699773 (via text),” he said in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 19).

Tiang said they could also provide their details to the Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Pelawan office on the 2nd Floor, Jalan Kampung Dato.

“I will collect these names and submit them to EPU in Kuching next week to follow up,” he pointed out.

Under the BKSS 7.0, eligible SMEs in Sarawak registered with SOCSO as of March 31, 2021, would receive special one-off financial assistance of RM10,000.  This special financial assistance was to be paid in December 2021.

For the BKSS 7 Plus, special one-off financial assistance of RM3,000 will be given to active micro-enterprises in Sarawak registered with SOCSO as of March 31, 2021.

Tiang, who is also Pelawan assemblyman, said he would only help those who already made the application.

“It is not for new applications as the application for the assistance is already closed. This is only for those who had already registered and yet to receive any news regarding the financial assistance,” he added.

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