KOTA KINABALU, March 25 — Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal announced the state’s stimulus package worth RM670 million today that is aimed at mitigating the effects of the now-extended Movement Control Order brought on by Covid-19.
The “Sabah Cares” package includes 15 measures designed preserve the welfare and livelihoods of several groups including medical and enforcement frontliners, the hardcore poor, B40 income earners, and small-medium enterprise owners.
Among the initiatives are RM500 one-off cash aid to poor and hardcore poor households amounting to RM20 million, and RM300 one-off cash aid to the B40 households worth RM80 million.
Some RM36 million will be spent on a three-month waiver of water bills for 335,000 residential consumers and another RM35.65 million will be spent on a 30 per cent discount in electricity bills for 512,000 consumers in Sabah and Labuan.
For those in the public housing flats (PPR), there will be a six-month waiver of rent.
In addition, there will also be a 20 per cent reduction for assessment rates and 30 per cent reduction for quit rent for the Land and Survey Department.
A RM50 million special allocation is made for emergency and critical needs in handling the Covid-19 that will include special equipment and protective necessities like face masks,…