Bigger budget for Kita Selangor Package

With the fresh injection of RM30m, the total budget for the overall package has increased to RM73.9m

by AFIQ AZIZ / source: Smart Selangor Bus Facebook page

AN ADDITIONAL RM30 million has been injected into the Kita Selangor Package, an initiative that is aimed at assisting people who are adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said with the fresh injection, the total budget for the overall package has increased to RM73.9 million.

He said the commitment is part of Selangor state government’s enhanced effort to assist the people in response to the reintroduction of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Amirudin Shari said all the measures and initiatives outlined in Budget 2021 earlier will also be sped up via the Kita Selangor Package.

Selangor is among the first six states that were placed under the MCO on Jan 11, after the state reported consistently high numbers of Covid-19 positive cases daily for the past few months.

On Tuesday, the stay at home order was extended to the whole country, except for Sarawak, due to the surge in Covid-19 cases.

“This situation is indeed challenging for all of us, particularly in Selangor, a state that houses various small, medium and multinational industries.

“Therefore, the state government will mobilise its existing resources and provide the Kita Selangor Package with financial commitment amounting to RM73.9 million to ensure the welfare of the people in this state is protected,” Amirudin said in a special virtual announcement yesterday.

Among the fresh allocations include a RM6 million budget that would be allocated for Covid-19 screening targeted at 50,000 people in vulnerable groups, RM3 million worth of food aids to frontliners and RM1.7 million in the form rental exemption for the state’s affordable homes project.

Another RM3 million will also be channelled towards a food basket project that consists of basic necessities which will be distributed among the needy.

Amirudin said the state government would also write-off 762 education loans that are committed to Yayasan Selangor worth RM7.2 million, based on an assessment on the borrowers’ abilities and overall income.

Each of the 56 assemblymen will be granted a RM100,000 special allocation that could be utilised to assist the people via the Mesra Rakyat programme.

The programme includes initiatives to distribute basic necessities such as rice, cooking oil, flour and canned food to low-income households.

Amirudin also announced the reactivation of the Covid-19 Disaster Relief Fund which will be partially funded via salary cuts among the state’s assemblymen.

He said the salary deduction mechanism would be finalised soon and the project would also include pay cuts among executive councillors and senior officials in state government-linked companies.

As a start, Amirudin said he will contribute a month’s salary to be channelled to the fund.

“The state has received a total of RM2.3 million to this date for this fund,” he said.

The relief fund will be used to assist the Covid-19 frontliners and health service personnel.

Last year, the state utilised a total of RM9.3 million for the same purpose.

Amirudin also said the Smart Selangor buses will be deployed to ferry Covid-19 patients from their homes to the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) 2.0 Integrated Hospital in Serdang for free.