KUCHING, Apr 25: Unlicensed hawkers and petty traders in the Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) are encouraged to register for a Sarawak Pay account online to facilitate the payment of the special financial aid provided by the Sarawak government.
MPP chairman Lo Khere Chiang in a statement said the move is to avoid having close contacts with other people, adding that the closing date for the application for the special financial aid is on May 31.
“The applicants are encouraged to apply online.
“This is for their own safety as well as a precaution to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“However, if the traders have difficulties applying online, they can submit the hard copy of their application forms to the council,” he said in a statement.
Lo added if applicants are unable to register for a Sarawak Pay account due to acceptable reasons, their payment will be made in the form of cash.
He stated that any information regarding the cash payment to successful applicants shall be made known to them soonest.
Lo said that initially, hawkers and petty traders had to pay RM30 per month for a temporary permit in accordance with the Local Authorities Ordinance 1996.
However, he disclosed that the state government had decided to waive the monthly temporary permit fees for the period of six months from April to September 2020.
Lo, who is also Batu Kitang assemblyman, revealed that the permit application for unlicensed hawkers and petty traders can be made online through http://community-service.sarawak.gov.my
He explained that the permit is a pre-requisite for unlicensed hawkers and petty traders to apply for the Sarawakku Sayang Assistance Package 2.0 which will provide a special financial aid of RM1,500 to them who are registered with the local authorities.—DayakDaily