KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has unveiled a special RM670mil stimulus package to assist people in the state affected by the Covid-19 mobility control order (MCO) that has been extended to April 14.
The 15-step package will see food rations sent directly to affected families, RM500 one-off payment for the poor, a three-month free water supply for consumers and a 30% discount on residential electricity bills to help reduce the people’s hardship.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic), who announced the special assistance package, also said RM50mil will be set aside for the personal protection equipment, including face masks, hand sanitisers for frontliners, medical teams and Immigration personnel.
He said another RM10mil will be used to provide food for frontliners, involving doctors, nurses, medical staff, police, Immigration, armed forces, Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), marine police and Rela members.
An allocation of RM20mil will be used to help villagers across Sabah directly affected by the MCO and also students studying in other parts of Malaysia.
Another RM20mil will be channelled to 22,546 poor, and 15,747 hardcore poor will get a RM500 “one-off” cash payment.
A one-off payment of RM300 will be given to the low income group (B40) involving some 30,000 Sabahans in peninsular Malaysia, 13,132 taxi drivers, 169,630 farmers, fishermen, livestock and poultry…