RM20,000 Covid-19 aid for Johor assemblymen

All 56 Johor state assembly members are to receive one-off aid of RM20,000. (Bernama pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: The Johor state government today announced several incentives through the ‘Inisiatif Ihsan Johor’ because of the Covid-19 outbreak, including RM1,000 one-off assistance to those who tested positive for the virus.

Menteri Besar Hasni Mohammad said the state government had also agreed to allocate a RM20,000 one-off aid each to 56 assemblymen and RM2,000 to the families of those who died from the Covid-19 disease.

The Johor Islamic Religious Council would also consider giving immediate assistance to those under the Asnaf category.

With restrictions under the Movement Control Order entering its third day today, the state government is aware of the economic implications faced by many. “All walks of life, including smallholders, night market traders, large or medium scale enterprises, public and private sector workers, children and parents, we are all affected,” he said.

Apart from peoples’ welfare, Hasni said the state government would give rent exemption to 10,371 traders currently renting premises owned by local councils including at public markets, starting from April until December this year.

“Meanwhile, 151 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating at premises owned by state government, such as the Perbadanan Usahawan Johor, will also be given the necessary help and incentives. As for the state government part-time employees, their daily salaries will include the MCO period,” he said.

The state government would also look at other initiatives to ensure that the state Health Department and Information Department would continue to inform the public on the progress and latest status of Covid-19 from time to time.

He said the State Secretary, Azmi Rohani, will make further announcements on the assistance and cooperation needed by the people.

He said the Johor health director said there were 101 cases of Covid-19 in the state as of midnight.