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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, May 29: The recently announced Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS 6.0) shows that the Sarawak government cares about the welfare of the people affected due to the alarming Covid-19 situation in the State, says Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth Chief Datuk Snowdan Lawan.
Snowdan said Sarawakians can rest assured that their welfare would be taken care of when this pandemic escalates.
“The state government is ever at the ready at an appropriate time when aid is most needed,” he said in a statement today.
The BKSS 6.0 worth RM1.4 billion was unveiled by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg yesterday, following the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC)’s announcement on a two-week lockdown, taking place from May 29 to June 11 to mitigate the escalating Covid-19 pandemic in the State.
“A large spectrum of our State population affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO) will benefit from this BKSS 6.0 including the B40 households, school van operators, singles, tenants, traders, e-hailers, ‘penambang’ and many others.
“All these are to ease and mitigate the financial burden faced by our people during this crucial times as we confront the threats by the Covid-19 pandemic due to lockdown, loss of income or jobs.
“This goes to show that our State government really cares and are people-centric, not only now but all along. People would have known by now that Sarawak has the financial means to support its obligations when it comes to the people’s welfare,” Snowdan added.
Snowdan, who is also the Youth and Sports Assistant Minister, further mentioned that indirectly, sales tax money collected from petroleum is going back to the people and spent with prudence.
“Thanks to our chief minister for his foresight in pursuing our oil and gas state’s rights, and now the people are the real beneficiaries.
“More relevant is that by being autonomous, Sarawak has liberty to spend what she earned and choose what is priority whilst prudently. If it’s for the people, it is always priority,” he continued. — DayakDaily