By Ashwin Kumar
SHAH ALAM, April 1 — Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari today has highlighted that the state is on the right track on its implementation of the initiatives announced in the first phase of the Selangor Cares Package (Package Selangor Prihatin), which was unveiled on March 20.
He said the smooth implementation of the initiatives would not have been successful if not for the cooperation with the Selangor government-linked companies (GLC) and the Selangor Zakat Board (LZS).
“Allow me to point out the performance from the first phase of the Covid-19 Selangor Cares Package, which was announced on March 20,” he told a broadcasted press conference, announcing the second phase of the state stimulus package, Selangor Cares Package 2.0, at his official residence here today.
Among the on-going initiatives included are as follow:
Appreciation of frontliners fighting against Covid-19
- A one-off incentive of RM200 each is being distributed to 5,931 medical personnel on duty at the public healthcare centres in Selangor.
- In addition to the RM1.2 million previously announced allocation for frontliners, the LZS has set up an operational room based at its headquarters, which operates on weekdays.
Aid for licensed hawkers and traders
- The state government will distribute special cash aid of RM500 each to affected licensed hawkers and traders. The aid will be channelled to their respective bank accounts upon receiving data from local authorities (PBTs) via online.
- In addition, a total of RM9.5 million has been allocated through LZS’ trust fund to help 20,000 families under the B40 category, especially for families of hawkers or traders who have lost their source of income. Each family will receive a maximum aid of RM500 or RM200 per person. The payment has been disbursed on March 27 and expected to be completed by April 3.
Reducing the burden for Hijrah Selangor programme borrowers
- Loan repayment involving 39,818 Hijrah Selangor programme borrowers have been deferred for three months from March 23 to June 15.
Aid for Selangor students studying in state universities and East Malaysia
- State government has allocated RM196,800 and distributed an incentive of RM200 as a one-off payment to 2,500 Selangor-born students who are currently studying in Sabah and Sarawak.
- For other students from Selangor studying in Universiti Selangor (Unisel), Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor (Kuis), and INPENS International College, a free food programme has already been implemented since March 22.
- LZS has allocated RM200,000 for food preparations to the frontliners and students in Selangor. As of March 30, a total of 14 institutions in Selangor have applied for a total of RM112,000 for food aid.
- The state administration had successfully distributed the financial aid to Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Polytechnic on March 26 and the Malaysian Muslim Training Institute (Covid-19 quarantine centre) on March 29. The financial aid for the remaining institutes will be distributed in stages.
To ease the burden of Selangor Smart Rental Scheme tenants
- The state government deferred a three-month rental payment involving a total of 2,700 tenants.
- In addition to the Smart Rental Scheme loan deferment, home rental assistance has been provided to 11,922 asnaf (tithe recipients) through the LZS. The first payment has already been made on March 5 and the financial incentive will continue in the following months.
Allocation for Selangor state assemblymen
>> Financial distribution to all 56 community service centres in the state has been disbursed.
Extension for land tax/parcel rent payment
>> A one-month grace period and due date extension from May 31 to June 30 for land tax or parcel rent.