Petty traders and operators without licence, permit can also apply for RM1,500 assistance

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING, Apr 16: Unregistered hawkers, petty traders and eatery food stall operators are also eligible for the Sarawakku Sayang Special Aid (SSSA) of RM1,500 but they must register and obtain permits from local authorities.

Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said that the RM1,500 assistance is also extended to petty traders and operators who do not have licences or permits.

“To qualify for the SSSA, they have to register and obtain permits from their respective local councils by applying online or over the counter,” he said in a press statement today.

The due date for application is May 31 and the permit will be valid until Sept 30, 2020.

“The payment for the RM1,500 assistance for this category of petty traders and operators will be released in June or July by crediting to their Sarawak Pay accounts or by cash through Bank Simpanan Nasional,” he explained.

He pointed out that stalls operating in coffeeshops are also eligible to apply for the assistance but they must also register with local authorities with the necessary documentation.

“Online business, however, is not included nor eligible for this category of assistance,” he said.

To qualify for the special assistance for unlicensed hawkers, petty traders and eatery food stall operators, traders must be a Sarawakian, 18 years old and above, and residing and trading in Sarawak.

Traders must be operating a genuine physical trading activity such as a stall, kiosk, roadside stall and others before April 1, 2020.

Dr Sim reminded that all information submitted by the trader must be accurate, truthful and factual, otherwise the application will not be considered.

“Council has the right to cancel the permit which has been issued. The power and discretion to determine the genuineness and qualification of the trader to be given a permit and incentive lie with the council.

“The decision made by the council is final and no appeal is allowed,” he said.—DayakDaily