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State executive councillor Mohd Khairuddin Othman with Selangor State Sports Council executive director Mohamad Nizam Marjugi (right) converse with a p-hailing rider during a Roda Darul Ehsan Initiative (RiDE) event at Dewan MBSA Seri Pagi in Paya Jaras, Sungai Buloh, on August 15, 2021. — Picture by HAFIZ OTHMAN/SELANGORKINI

20 pct RiDE participants aged between 30 and 40, many hit by Covid-19

By Mustakim Ramli

SHAH ALAM, Aug 19 — Some 20 per cent of the total 3,256 individuals under the Roda Darul Ehsan Initiative (RiDE) are those aged between 30 and 40.

Selangor State Sports Council (MSNS) executive director Mohamad Nizam Marjugi said the figure is inclusive of the 900 individuals who have recently signed up for the initiative when it had expanded the age group last month, which shows many were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Previously, the programme was only opened for those between 17 to 30 years old, but we had still received many applications from those above 30 even though they know are above the qualified age.

“When we expanded the age group last month, more than 900 individuals had applied and some had already been approved,” he told SelangorKini when contacted.

On Sunday, state executive councillor for youth development Mohd Khairuddin Othman said the Selangor administration had agreed to expand the RiDE programme to e-hailing riders between the age of 30 to 40 years old.

He said the decision was made as many food riders in the said age group are among those that had their income affected due to Covid-19.

The 2021 Selangor Budget had allocated a total of RM2 million for the programme, targeting an estimated 3,000 participants.

The RiDE application is open from January to December 2021 via https://msnselangor.gov.my.

The programme offers a B2 motorcycle license subsidy amounting to RM350, an e-hailing course worth RM200 and a Social Security Organisation contribution of RM70 per year.

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