Authorities to finalise process for unregistered hawkers, petty traders to apply for RM1,500 special aid

Dato Wee Hong Seng (file pic)

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Apr 17: The process for unregistered hawkers and petty traders to apply for the RM1,500 Sarawakku Sayang financial aid will be finalised soon, says Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng.

He said the Local Government and Housing Ministry is now rushing to finalise it as soon as possible so that unregistered hawkers and petty traders may be able to apply for the special aid.

“For the registered hawkers and petty traders, it is very clear that they only have to register with Sarawak Pay and the special aid will be remitted to them.

“This special aid is for them to purchase essential food in supermarkets, and even at some hawker stalls that are now taking payment via Sarawak Pay,” Wee told DayakDaily.

As for the unregistered ones, he said the government is now trying to finalise a format which allows for the easiest access to all involved.

“We are still in the process of finalising which is the easiest way and the most convenient way for the unregistered hawkers and petty traders to apply for a temporary license.

“We will try to simplify the whole process and make it easily accessible them,” said Wee, adding that application for a temporary license is a pre-requisite for the application of RM1,500 special aid for them.

Wee said that in accordance with the Local Authorities Ordinance 1996, petty traders or hawkers will need to pay RM30 per month for the temporary license.

“However, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian hopes to be able to waive this monthly charge. An official announcement will be made soon when everything is finalised,” said Wee.—DayakDaily