Community care initiative to help vulnerable groups cope with Covid-19 impact

25 Mar 2020 / 19:42 H.

PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Federal Territories has introduced a community care initiative with an allocation of RM63.6 million to help vulnerable city residents cope with the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pix) said a major portion of the allocation or RM54.3 million was to help the urban poor, B40 group, students, the homeless, petty traders and hawkers.

“A sum of RM5.9 million will be allocated to assist medical and enforcement personnel serving as movement control order (MCO) frontliners.

“Another RM3.4 million is to assist Covid-19 patients, persons under investigation (PUI) and victims, including donation of equipment worth RM3.3 million to seven hospitals, RM500 to each Covid-19 victim’s family and RM 2,500 for each fatality case in the Federal Territories,“ he told a press conference here today.

He said other form of assistance would include one-month rental exemption and two months’ rental deferment for 40,000 DBKL Public Housing (PA) and People Housing Project (PPR) flat tenants which would amount to RM4.96 million.

“A total of 24,196 families will be given special alms of RM500 per family involving RM12.1 million; petty traders and hawkers to receive RM500 one-off assistance totaling RM11.8 million; and special allowances will be for enforcement and medical personnel on duty,” he said.

Some 6,000 DBKL PPR and PA housebuyers under the Federal Territory Housing Special Financing Scheme will also will be allowed six-month deferment of loan repayment without any penalty.

“A three-month lease exemption will be granted to 6,000 hawkers and petty traders in Kuala Lumpur, while traders renting Putrajaya Corporation premises will be given two months’ rental fee waiver.

“In addition, food packs will be distributed to 65,000 needy and B40 families in Kuala Lumpur and another 1,000 families in Putrajaya, while food assistance will be extended to about 700 homeless people,” he said. - Bernama

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