By Ida Nadirah Ibrahim
SUBANG JAYA, March 23 — The Federal government has allocated a total RM130 million funds to all the states across the country to combat the Covid-19 outbreak.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the funds can be used to help hawkers and petty traders who are affected by the worsening Covid-19 pandemic.
“The funds can also be channelled to Covid-19 patients and their families as well as to provide basic needs for the frontliners and workers at the state level.
“An equal allocation will be distributed to all the states, regardless of the party that has formed the state government. The crisis we face is affecting all of the people regardless of race, religion, or political ideology,” he said at a special press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya today.
Muhyiddin said the Federal government’s initiatives announced today is part of the existing economic stimulus package and the people’s aid (Bantuan Rakyat), and that a more comprehensive package would be announced on March 30.
The announcement was made following the Economic Action Council meeting held earlier, chaired by Muhyiddin.
The initiatives taken by the council are to cushion the economic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the people, as some had lost their source of income following the implementation of the movement control order from March 18 to 31.