Selangor dishes out RM272 mil more, announces salary cuts, mass tests

A medical worker at a private hospital in Petaling Jaya attends to a person in a drive-through Covid-19 test. The Selangor government has allocated over RM1.3 million to carry out mass tests in hotspots.

PETALING JAYA: Selangor has announced a second stimulus package worth RM272 million to help authorities in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, with some RM1.3 million going for mass tests involving 5,000 people.

The state also announced the setting up of a special fund, which will first be filled up with some RM8.07 million from salary cuts of the menteri besar, state executive councillors, assemblymen and state-owned companies.

In a statement, Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari also announced some RM1.3 million in food allocations for frontliners in the state, and child care assistance worth RM1.5 million.

The state will spend RM2 million to procure masks and hand sanitisers and RM42.5 million to improve the Skim Peduli Sihat, benefiting 85,000 people.

Student loan repayments have also been deferred to Oct 1, while food aid will be given to students. These measures are worth RM6.07 million.

“To ensure continued supply of food, as many as 5,000 farmers and fishermen will be given special agropreneur aid with an allocation of RM500,000,” Amirudin said.

Some 2,000 farmers, livestock farmers and fishermen will receive aid in the form of seedlings, animals, equipment and raw materials worth RM1 million.

“I am confident that we can all get out of this episode if we face it together as Malaysians, regardless of race or religion,” he said, adding that everyone should be ready to accept new habits which will become the “new normal”.

This “new normal”, he said, demands the country and its people be serious on climate change, food security and other policies to resolve these issues.

On March 20, Amirudin announced a RM128 million stimulus package which included rental exemptions for 80,000 licensed vendors totalling RM12 million and a RM40 million allocation for a one-off RM500 payment to vendors.