LIMBANG: A total of 1,996 traders here received nearly RM3 million in Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) aid to help sustain their businesses.
They each received RM1,500 from Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg who officiated at the symbolic presentation of the cheques during his visit here on Saturday (Aug 14).
Traders Siaw Wei Jet, Hendry Jampang and Dayang Antin Latip were present physically to receive the aid cheques and also represented the other traders.
In May, Abang Johari announced the assistance to the traders when unveiling BKSS 6.0 which involved 15 approaches worth RM1.4 billion.
The payment is made in two tranches — RM750 in August while the remaining RM750 will be paid in Dec.
During the ceremony, Abang Johari witnessed the presentation of a mock cheque for the Sarawak Micro Credit Scheme (SMCS) which benefits 46 traders and business operators in the district.
A total of RM1,267,800 were disbursed to the traders through Sarawak government’s SMCS partner, Agro Bank.
SMCS which was launched last year is targeting to assist B40 entrepreneurs and local small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the traders was Mohd Nizam Irman who was representing his brother, restaurant operator Faizal Irman.
Abang Johari also witnessed the presentation of food baskets by the Sarawak Scouts Council to families affected by Covid-19.
The chief minister also presented an allocation worth RM20,000 to the scout’s council for its activities.