8,000 SMEs, microenterprises yet to receive one-off aid under BKSS 7.0 need to wait until March

Yong (right) in a photo with Zaidel (centre) and Lester.

KUCHING, Feb 9: The Sarawak Economic Planning Unit (EPU) is targeting to disburse the one-off special assistance under Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) 7.0 for the remaining 8,809 small and medium enterprises (RM10,000) and microenterprises (RM3,000) by March this year.

Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong informed this following a meeting with EPU director Datu Dr Muhammad Abdullah Zaidel today.

Yong however explained that the EPU requires more time to go through the tedious verification process of the remaining applications which could be dropped with wrong or incomplete documents submission.

“In the meeting, I raised these issues about companies submitting wrong or incomplete documents and suggested that the State government reopen the application system in order to give another chance for them to update their documents so they could equally benefit from the aid.

“EPU is receptive to the suggestion, but will only make a decision after reviewing the remaining 8,809 out of 12,809 applications received in October last year, whether to reopen the application website for that intent,” she said in a statement today.

Of the total applications, she was briefed that around 4,000 eligible companies have successfully received the one-off special financial assistance under BKSS 7.0 with RM10,000 for SMEs and RM3,000 microenterprises to date.

“The director also furnished a detailed status update of the list of companies which I had submitted to EPU three weeks ago.

“Therefore, those companies which had passed their details to me last month could contact me for the status information of their applications,” she advised.

EPU deputy director Lester Matthew was also present. — DayakDaily