RM600 a month govt aid for those forced to take unpaid leave

Bantuan Sara Hidup recipients will receive an additional RM200 now and RM100 in May. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today announced additional aid for those affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, including RM600 for workers forced to go on unpaid leave beginning March 1.

The aid is in addition to the RM20 billion economic stimulus package announced on Feb 27 to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 in Malaysia.

Muhyiddin said that in addition to the RM600 payment, which will be for a maximum of six months, a 2% discount will be given for electricity charges for the commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors and all domestic users from April 1 to Sept 30.

A total of RM500 million will be allocated for the discount, which is expected to benefit 10 million households and commercial, industrial and agricultural users.

This discount will be given on top of a 15% discount for the tourism sector announced previously.

Muhyiddin said an additional RM200 will be given to recipients of the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) programme. The payments will be brought forward from May to today. A sum of RM760 million will be allocated for 3.8 million BSH recipient households.

Another RM100 will be given to the recipients in May. These additional payments will cost RM500 million, and will benefit 5 million BSH recipients.

He said the RM2 billion small projects aimed at the construction of infrastructure for rural areas, announced previously, will begin next month. These projects will be supervised by the chief secretary to the government.

The Finance Ministry, he added, has also raised the ceiling for bidding from RM50,000 to RM100,000, and for tenders from RM500,000 to RM800,000.