343,000 Helped By Sabah Covid-19 Aid Package

KOTA KINABALU: A total of 343,400 people in Sabah as of Friday, have gained from the Covid-19 aid provided by the State Government at a sum of RM65.24 million.

Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd. Shafie Apdal said the recipients are those in the B40 low-income group, small traders and hawkers, Covid-19 patients, frontliners and the vulnerable.

Aid will continue to be provided until the end of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to ensure in as far as possible, that nobody is neglected particularly those most in need of help.

“The aid is still being given out with the hope that it can ease the burden of daily needs during this difficult time,” he said at the Sabah State Assembly Sitting here today.

He was replying to a question by Datuk Dr. Joachim Gunsalam (PBS-Kundasang) who had asked what form of aid has been, is being and will be given by the State Government to the people of Sabah adversely affected by the spread of Covid-19 and the MCO.

Mohd. Shafie said, the government has given a one-off payment of RM500 to 22,456 households categorised as poor and 15,747 households who are the hard-core poor listed in the e-Kasih system.

“The government is aware that the poor and hard-core poor are those who need help the most, especially at a difficult time such as what we have now,” he added.

Meanwhile, he said, the State Government has received financial contributions and equipment from government-linked companies, statutory bodies and the private sector in an effort to address the pandemic.

To date, the amount received is RM11,380,000 which has been channelled to the State Disaster Aid Management Committee Fund.

“The State Government will make sure these contributions will be put to good use in matters related to Covid-19 in Sabah.

“Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) we’ve received is being distributed to the hospitals, clinics and frontliners,” he said.