‘Many traders, hawkers still unaware of state govt financial aid package’

Ting (centre, yellow shirt) and his team members helping hawkers register for Sarawak Pay.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, May 18: Many petty hawkers are still unaware that they could be eligible for financial assistance from the state government despite the announcement being made last month, according to SUPP Piasau chairman, Datuk Sebastian Ting today.

Thus, he assured, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Piasau will continue with its effort to help petty hawkers to register and apply for the state government’s Sarawakku Sayang Assistance Package 2.0.

The assistance package was announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to help ease the burden of small amd medium enterprises (SMEs) including petty traders affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO) which was enforced to flatten the curve of Covid-19 infections in the country.

The special grant of RM1,500 which is to be distributed via the Sarawak Pay mobile application, aims to benefit over 65,000 petty traders and hawkers statewide.

“Another RM750 would be credited in stages into their Sarawak Pay accounts,” Ting said.

Earlier this morning, Ting and his team from SUPP Piasau were at Tamu Krokop 10 to help register petty hawkers with Sarawak Pay to apply for the state government aid.

He was accompanied by Miri mayor Adam Yii who is also SUPP Pujut chairman.

“We have received an overwhelming response. Many hawkers approached us during the session,” Ting said, adding some of them had no idea what to do with their Sarawak Pay account.

“Our SUPP Piasau team briefed them on how they could access their Sarawak Pay account once the grant has been credited into the account,” he explained.

Eligible hawkers and petty traders who have yet to register for a Sarawak Pay account, may download the e-wallet app into their smartphones via the Google Play store or Apple Store.

The SUPP Piasau mobile team will also be visiting to other ‘tamu’ around the city including those in Taman Tunku, to help petty traders register with Sarawak Pay. — DayakDaily