Perak, Penang extend financial aid to businesses

IPOH, 19 Nov 2020:

The Perak government will provide a one-off RM500 aid to 9,316 petty traders and hawkers to ease their burden following the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in the state.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the assistance approved under the State Economic Stimulus Package Phase 4 (PRE Phase 4) would be given out this month – involving an allocation of RM4.65 million.

“This is the second one-off aid given to petty traders and hawkers. The first one was RM500 cash assistance channelled under the PRE Phase 2.

“Under PRE Phase 4, the state government has approved an allocation of almost RM9 million to ease the burden of petty traders and hawkers as well as micro entrepreneurs in Perak,” he said in a statement today.

Ahmad Faizal said the state government also offered rental exemption to food stalls belonging to 15 local authorities throughout Perak for this month – which benefited 10,335 petty traders and hawkers with an allocation of RM1.63 million.

To help more micro entrepreneurs affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Ahmad Faizal said the state government also agreed to increase the allocation for the Perak Entrepreneur Grant (GeRUP) to RM2.7 million.

“Previously, under PRE Phase 2, the state government has approved an allocation of RM1 million to help micro entrepreneurs to remain competitive.”

Meanwhile, the hotel fee charges waiver for Penang hotels has been extended until June 30 next year, said State Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin.

He said the state government decided on the extension as part of efforts to support the recovery of the services sector.

“The state government understands the difficulties faced by many tourism industry players at the moment in facing the Covid-19 pandemic. This is one of the state government’s efforts to support the tourism industry’s recovery process, ” he said in a statement today.

Yeoh acknowledged the recovery process will take time and the state government is counting on the support of all parties in helping the industry face challenges in the new normal and revive Penang’s tourism sector.

Hotel fee charges, introduced in 2014, are imposed on Penang hotels rated four stars and above at RM3 per night and RM2 per night for hotels rated three stars and below.

The state government last June waived the fee charges for six months to further boost domestic tourism after it was badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

– Bernama