Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Ir Hasni Mohammad said that the State Government was aware of the economic implications of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on the people, and understands that the order has affected their daily lives.
“All levels of society, from smallholders and traders to employees in the public and private sectors and their families, are feeling the effects,” said Hasni.
A one-off payment of RM1,000 to all patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 in Johor will be given. The state will also provide RM2,000 cash assistance to the families of patients who died of Covid-19 as a gesture of condolence.
“The state government has also agreed to give another one-off allocation of RM20,000 to all 56 assemblymen,” he said.
The Johor Islamic Religious Council (MAIJ) would also consider giving help to those under the Asnaf category.
Besides the peoples’ welfare, the state government will also be focusing in terms of economic and sectors affected by the outbreak.
“The state government will give rent exemption to some 10,371 traders renting at premises owned by local councils including at public markets, starting from April until December this year,” he added.
Hasni added that some 151 SME entrepreneurs operating at premises owned by state government would also be given the necessary help and incentives.
He said state government staffs that have part-time working status; their daily salaries would be counted throughout the movement control order period.
“The state government will continue to look at other initiatives to help and ease the burden on those affected by Covid-19,” he added.