KUCHING (May 30): The Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) 6.0 announced last Friday comes at the right time with the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Sarawak which began yesterday until 11 June.
Welfare, Community Welfare, Women, Family and Child Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said the government made the right choice by stepping in with cash assistance, rebates on utility bills to help those most affected by this pandemic.
“We are living in difficult times. People have experienced loss of household income or no income at all, experiencing anxiety and worrying about their ability to provide food for the family with bills that must be paid.
“Our B40s, the hawkers, the small traders, the poor in our society in particular, and the rakyat in general, who are going through difficult times like this, must be helped,” she said.
Fatimah believed that government assistance would help overcome their difficulties, give them a break and reduce the level of mental stress and anxiety among the population.
She said the front lines i.e. health workers, enforcement staff deserve recognition as they have worked long hours, sacrifice family time, put themselves at health risks to mitigate and contain the spread of Covid-19 to save people’s lives.
Even the media are also recognized for their high-risk work in disseminating current and correct information to the public regarding Covid-19, she added.
Fatimah said a number of other audiences will also provide a very important safety net for the well-being of the target group.
“For example, district and division social staff who have been tasked with providing cooked food to quarantine centers, low-risk patient quarantine and treatment centers (PKRC), guard staff at roadblocks truck drivers, sending food baskets to closed villages, longhouses, and recently to those under home quarantine, she added.
“Thank you all. May God grant you all safety and blessing,” Fatimah said.