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April 22, 2020

RM553 mln more for Sabah aid package

The State Legislative Assembly has passed the First Supplementary Supply (2020) Bill 2020, approving an additional budget of RM553 million to help those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Sabah.|Read more >| BorneoPost

April 21, 2020

301,451 food baskets distributed nationwide, says Rina Harun

The Social Welfare Department (JKM) has distributed 301,451 food baskets nationwide, benefiting 1.2 million households.|Read more >|Malaymail

Army vets without pensions to get one-off RM500 Prihatin aid

Some 180,000 army veterans who are non-pensioners will get a one-off RM500 financial assistance under the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package, says Finance Minister Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.|Read more >|TheStar

Covid-19 Online Support Group to start first session today

The Covid-19 Online Support Group will start its first group support session titled ‘Assertive communication – language for balance and openness’ today (April 21) at 11am.|Read more >| BorneoPost

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April 20, 2020

Infected kin of frontliners entitled to cash from special fund

Relatives and families of government healthcare frontliners who get infected and sick or die while handling or treating Covid-19 patients will be entitled to payments from a special fund.|Read more >|TheStar

April 19, 2020

BSN implements BPN cash payment until Dec 31, 2020

Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) has implemented cash payment to recipients of the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) who do not have bank accounts or credit failures beginning April 17 to Dec 31, 2020.|Read more >|SunDaily

New website to facilitate aid delivery – Safar

The State Government has launched a new website to expand and improve the delivery efficiency of the Sabah Covid-19 Assistance Package, said State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong.|Read more >| BorneoPost

April 18, 2020

FoodPanda riders nationwide to get Socso protection benefit

A total of 2,544 Foodpanda riders nationwide will now get protection under the Self-Employed Social Security Scheme (SKSPS), with contribution from Foodpanda Malaysia.|Read more >|Malaymail

Parliament to sit on May 18 for just one day

Dewan Rakyat will sit for just one day when lawmakers meet for the first time this year on May 18.|Read more >|TheStar

Hawkers, petty traders to get RM1,500 Sarawakku Sayang grant

The Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance Grant of RM1,500 will be given to each hawker and petty trader registered with the local authorities.|Read more >| BorneoPost

SBF: Let all banks offer BKSS 2.0 interest-free loans to SMEs

Sarawak Business Federation (SBF) is appealing to the Sarawak government to allow all banks to offer the interest-free loans for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) rather than just three designated banks.|Read more >| BorneoPost

 

Easier business recovery financing scheme application online

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) will have easier transactions after the Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives ministry made available the Covid Business Recovery Financing Scheme (CBRM) application online.|Read more >|NST

April 17, 2020

Johor: Cash aid for non-recipients of BSH, BPN

The Johor government will provide cash assistance of between RM250 and RM500 to people who are not among the recipients of the Cost of Living Aid (BSH) or Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

FT Ministry plans to set up mobile kitchens at EMCO areas

The Federal Territories Ministry plans to set up mobile kitchens to provide food to residents in areas under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO).|Read more >|Malaymail

 

Govt assistance for FT residents

What assistance is the government offering to Covid-19 patients and patient-under-investigation (PUI) as well as their families?|Read more >|TheStar

Socso to announce employer application for wage subsidy beginning today

Beginning today, the Social Security Organisation (Socso) will be announcing the weekly status of applications submitted by employers under the Wage Subsidy Scheme via video recording.|Read more >|Malaymail

April 16, 2020

RM200 one-off payment for students under Bantuan Prihatin Nasional

Form Six, matriculation, diploma and university students will receive a RM200 one-off payment under the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN 2020).|Read more >|TheStar

RM930,680 aid for 23,267 students

The Sabah Government has approved RM930,680 aid for 23,267 students from 40 public and private higher learning institutions in Sabah.|Read more >| BorneoPost

Two incentives to lighten financial burden of water companies

The Environment and Water Ministry has announced two incentives to reduce the financial burden of water companies during Movement Control Order (MCO), to ensure continuous water supply.|Read more >|SunDaily

April 15, 2020

Selangor extends scope of hawkers, petty traders to receive RM500 aid

The Selangor government has agreed to expand the scope for eligible recipients of the RM500 special aid under its Prihatin Economic Stimulus Package for hawkers and petty traders renting at premises owned by local authorities (PBTs) in the state.|Read more >|Malaymail

Sabah gives over RM16.8m cash aid to 42,569 recipients

New e-commerce platforms are being introduced to facilitate the selling and buying of essential items when feting Ramadan especially during the Movement Control Order (MCO).|Read more >|SunDaily

Sarawak rubber smallholders urged to register for PAT-G card

Rubber smallholders in Sarawak have been urged to register for their Rubber Transaction Authorisation Permit (PAT-G) card with the state Agriculture Department or any Malaysian Rubber Board (LGM) office to enable them to benefit from the Rubber Production Incentive (IPG).|Read more >|SunDaily

RM300,000 to train youths for online business

The State Government has allocated RM300,000 for intensive courses to help drive youth’s involvement in online business.|Read more >| BorneoPost

April 14, 2020

Finance Minister: 90,000 e-hailing drivers to get RM500 aid on April 20

Some 90,000 full time e-hailing drivers will get their RM500 aid under the government's economic stimulus package on April 20, says Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.|Read more >|TheStar

April 13, 2020

Eligible BPN recipients yet to receive cash aid urged to update bank accounts

Eligible Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) recipients who have yet to receive cash aid are urged to update their bank accounts.|Read more >|NST

Eligible BPN recipients yet to receive cash aid urged to update bank accounts

Eligible Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) recipients who have yet to receive cash aid are urged to update their bank accounts.|Read more >|NST

EPF grants extension for April 2020 contribution payment date

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has extended the date for employers to remit their mandatory contribution for the salary month of March 2020.|Read more >Malaymail

Most healthcare workers eligible for allowance

Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the special allowance for doctors and healthcare professionals helping to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.|Read more >|TheStar

Register with Sarawak Pay to receive Sarawakku Sayang aid, hawkers told

Hawkers and petty traders with operating licences issued by the local authorities need to register with Sarawak Pay Merchant Account to enable them to receive the RM1,500 assistance from the Sarawak government.|Read more >| BorneoPost

 

April 12, 2020

80% smallholders have yet to claim IPG, says minister

Some 80% of the smallholders nationwide have not yet applied for the Rubber Production Incentive (IPG), introduced by the government to help them during the drop in the commodity prices.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

April 11, 2020

Direct cash aid for poor needed, says Khazanah Research Institute

Households’ purchasing power has been adversely affected by the Cobid-19 pandemic, Jarud Romadan Khalidi who is a researcher at Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) said today.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

One-off RM200 IPT aid extended to Form 6, diploma students

The RM200 one-off payment for full-time students at higher institutions of learning (IPTs) announced under the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package on March 27 will be extended to include Form Six, Diploma and equivalent students.|Read more >|SunDaily

RM500 incentive for traders who join new FT Ramadan trade concept

The Federal Territories Ministry will offer a RM500 incentive to traders who participate in the new Ramadan trade concept to be used throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO).|Read more >|SunDaily

 

Second phase of food basket aid kicks off

The second phase of the Food Basket Aid, worth RM6 million, meant for 55,000 Orang Asli households began yesterday.|Read more >|NST

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April 10, 2020

Homeless in KL to be offered jobs after MCO, says minister

About 800 homeless people currently housed at several temporary shelters here will be offered jobs once the Movement Control Order (MCO) is lifted.|Read more >Malaymail

 

Four measures to help SMEs under Sarawakku Sayang Assistance Package 2.0

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg today announced the state government’s a second financial aid package, the Sarawakku Sayang Assistance Package 2.0, with focus on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) including, hawkers and petty traders.|Read more >| BorneoPost

CM unveils RM1.1 bln aid package for SMEs, hawkers in Sarawak

The Sarawak government has announced a second aid package known as Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS 2.0) valued at RM1.1 billion to ease the financial burden of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), Micro Enterprises as well as hawkers and petty traders.|Read more >| BorneoPost

MCO: Companies Commission raises debt threshold of companies

The Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) has announced new measures to ease the burden of businesses, including raising the threshold of indebtedness of companies.|Read more >|TheStar

Minister says 61 Controlled Fresh Markets record total sale of over RM11m

The 61 Controlled Fresh Market (PST) locations established nationwide, as of yesterday, have recorded a total sale of more than RM11 million.|Read more >Malaymail

Electricity bill discounts for six months beginning April 1

Several measures were announced under the government’s economic stimulus package for discounts on Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) electricity bills covering several sectors and all households in Peninsular Malaysia for six months beginning April 1.|Read more >|TheStar

Construction sites deemed critical can operate

Selected construction sites are allowed to continue operating as stopping these works may cause soil erosion, says Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.|Read more >|TheStar

April 09, 2020

Moneylenders, pawnbrokers agree to 3-month moratorium: Zuraida

The Licensed Money Lenders Association or the Credit Community, as well as the pawnbrokers association have agreed to a three-month moratorium to ease the burden on borrowers, according to Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.|Read more >|SunDaily

BPN eligibility based on BSH database, 2018 income tax data

The Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) cash handout is based on the recipients’ income levels as per the Inland Revenue Board’s (IRB) 2018 tax assessment records.|Read more >|NST

Insurance associations pledge RM8 million to Covid-19 test fund

Insurance policy holders most at risk of Covid-19 infection and have undergone tests at Health Ministry certified labs are entitled to a RM300 reimbursement per person.|Read more >|NST

 

Selangor govt to waive RM562,358 in April rental fees for 2,632 PPR units

The Selangor state government will be waiving RM562,358 in rental fees for the month of April for 2,632 units under its people’s housing project (PPR).|Read more >|TheStar

Agrobank provides two schemes to B40, SME entrepreneurs

Agrobank welcomes the Sarawak Government’s additional RM20 million Sarawak Micro Credit Scheme (SMCS) under the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance Package.|Read more >| BorneoPost

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April 08, 2020

New Malaysia | Covid-19 Assistance Apr 082020 @ 22:00

Second food aid basket to Orang Asli to start on April 10

The second phase of the Food Basket Aid to 55,000 heads of households in the Orang Asli community involves an allocation of RM6 million will start on April 10, said Rural Development Minister Datuk Abd Latiff Ahmad.|Read more >Malaymail

New Malaysia | Covid-19 Assistance Apr 082020 @ 20:00

Bankrupt individuals receiving BPN not required to report to Insolvency Dept

Bankrupt individuals who are eligible to receive Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) are not required to report it to the Department of Insolvency (Mdl).|Read more >|SunDaily

 

New Malaysia | Covid-19 Assistance Apr 082020 @ 13:00

RTM's TV Okey brings classes home

The educational television programme Kelas@Rumah is being aired daily on the free-to-view TV Okey, one of the channels operated by Radio Televisyen Malayia (RTM).|Read more >|NST

New Malaysia | Covid-19 Assistance Apr 082020 @ 12:00

Employers can apply for wage subsidy programme online starting April 9

Employers who want to apply for the wage subsidy scheme targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can send in their applications to the Social Security Organisation (Socso) starting Thursday (April 9).|Read more >|TheStar

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List of employers approved will also be displayed on the Socso website eiscentre.perkeso.gov.my

New Malaysia | Covid-19 Assistance Apr 072020 @ 15:00

HR Ministry: Wage subsidy available to all firms with workers paid below RM4,000 monthly

All companies with workers paid RM4,000 a month or less are eligible for the government’s wage subsidy scheme, according to the Human Resources Ministry.|Read more >Malaymail

April 07, 2020

Farmers with problems marketing vegetables told to call Fama operations centres

Farmers who have problems marketing their fresh produce such as vegetables are advised to contact the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) operations centres.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

MOH offering free medicine by mail service till June

Patients with chronic conditions are being encouraged to take advantage of the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) value added services (VAS) for receiving medication during the movement control order (MCO) period.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

Penang rolls out special loan scheme for SMEs, SMIs

Less than 24 hours after the federal government announced an additional RM10 billion for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) under the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package, the Penang government rolled out its Penang Business Continuity Loan Scheme or ‘Skim Peka PKS’.|Read more >|NST

Private hospitals to provide 511 dialysis slots for non-Covid-19 patients from govt facilities

Selected private hospitals will provide kidney dialysis for non-Covid-19 patients, says the Association of Private Hospitals in Malaysia (APHM).|Read more >|TheStar

 

MBPP introduces online food delivery platform, 'Jom Beli Online'

Craving for a bowl of ais kacang or a plate of rice and freshly-cooked bawal served with piping hot curry from Esplanade during the Movement Control Order (MCO)?|Read more >|NST

CM: Penang micro businesses, SMEs can apply for zero-interest loan from tomorrow

Penang micro businesses and small and medium enterprises (SME) may apply for the Penang Business Continuity Zero Interest Loan from tomorrow, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow announced today.|Read more >Malaymail

April 06, 2020

[Full text] PM's speech on Additional Prihatin SME Economic Stimulus Package

On 27 March 2020, I have announced an Economic Stimulus Package Prihatin Rakyat (PRIHATIN) worth RM250 billion. I know several days ago, Mak Cik Kiah, Pak Mail, Mr. Lee, Mr. Muthu, Mr. Johnny, and many others are checking their eligibility of Bantuan Prihatin Nasional on the LHDN website.|Read more >|NST

Putrajaya takes steps to ensure Prihatin measures reach businesses, Malaysians fully and quickly

The government has established the Laksana unit in the Finance Ministry to ensure all initiatives from the Prihatin stimulus package, including today’s expansion for businesses, are implemented swiftly and efficiently.|Read more >Malaymail

To support the delivery of the Prihatin initiative, the IMSME.com.my portal operated by Credit Guarantee Corporation (CGC) with the support of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is ready to accept the small and medium enterprises (SME) loan applications.

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Additional RM10bil for SMEs under Prihatin economic stimulus package

The government has allocat ed an additional RM10 billion for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) under the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package.|Read more >|NST

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MCO: Perak launches AgroPrihatin to aid struggling farmers

The state government today launched the Perak Agro Prihatin Scheme (AgroPrihatin) to help farmers affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO).|Read more >|NST

All food-supply chain contributors to receive aid

The State Government is extending a hand to all who are contributing to the food-supply chain, said Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Datuk Junz Wong.|Read more >| BorneoPost

 

New Malaysia | Covid-19 Assistance Apr 052020 @ 23:00

Aid from Musa’adah Fund to be given out in stages to Orang Asli

Donations and assistance to the Orang Asli people who have also been affected by the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19 infection, will be done in stages.|Read more >|SunDaily

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April 04, 2020

8.3 million households, individuals to receive BPN cash assistance in stages from April 6

The first phase of payments of the ‘Bantuan Prihatin Nasional’ (BPN) one-off cash assistance for 8.3 million households and unmarried individuals will be undertaken in stages from April 6 onwards, according to Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.|Read more >|SunDaily

Efforts underway to help SMEs, says Perak MB

The Perak state government has started efforts to draft economic stimulus packages to help the business community, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), says Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.|Read more >|TheStar

Prihatin Rakyat financial aid fast-tracked, first payment now set for Monday

The Prihatin Rakyat financial aid disbursement for Malaysians affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the Movement Control Order (MCO) will be made starting this Monday, instead of the original date of the end of April.|Read more >|NST

MCO: JKM mobilises personnel nationwide to deliver food

It is difficult to imagine the huge sacrifices of the security forces and frontline personnel in the effort to sever the Covid-19 chain as well as ensuring that the people obey the Movement Control Order (MCO) by staying at home.|Read more >|SunDaily

Stimulus package to encourage employee retention

Here’s more information on the wage subsidy programme as part of several initiatives through the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus package to help those affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.|Read more >|TheStar

April 03, 2020

MOH introduces online appointments to encourage social distancing

The Director-General of Health Malaysia Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah stated in a Facebook post that the Health Ministry (MOH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with four online health services companies for their "Online Appointment" and "Webinar for Covid-19" initiatives.|Read more >Malaymail

 

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Ministry: 97 controlled fresh market outlets to operate until April 14

A total of 97 Controlled Fresh Market (PST) outlets will operate nationwide in stages until April 14 to ensure the continued supply and distribution of food in the country. |Read more >Malaymail

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Govt to sponsor food, accommodation of stranded graduated Malaysians overseas

The government will cover the cost of the accommodation and food for its sponsored students overseas who have graduated but are unable to leave their host countries due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri.|Read more >|SunDaily

MCO: MDEC launches 'Hour Of Code' to encourage children to learn coding

In line with aspirations of its #mydigitalmaker movement to encourage youths to be digital creators instead of being just active consumers, Malaysia Digital Economy Corpiration (MDEC) is working with Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) and the Education Ministry (MoE) to encourage students to continue learning how to code during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.|Read more >|NST

Govt exempts RM1 inter-bank ATM fees during MCO period

The RM1 automated teller machine (ATM) fee for inter-bank transactions will be exempted to encourage the people to use it during the movement control order (MCO) period, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.|Read more >|TheStar

Meeting the requirements for wage subsidy

Thee following are some pointers on wage subsidy as announced by the government recently.|Read more >|TheStar

Covid-19: 36,886 Sabahans receive RM300 one-off payment each

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said 36,886 people have received a special one-off COVID-119 aid of RM300 each involving an allocation of RM11,065,800.|Read more >| BorneoPost

April 02, 2020

State govt funds Penang engineer for production of face shields for healthcare workers

The Penang state government will be allocating RM60,000 to fund homemade face shields, created by a local engineer for healthcare workers.|Read more >Malaymail

Eligibility for stimulus aid to be announced via email or SMS, says IRB

Malaysians will be notified by the Inland Revenue Board via SMS or email regarding their eligibility for financial assistance under the government’s Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) economic stimulus package.|Read more >|TheStar

Covid-19: Selangor government announces RM272m stimulus package

The Selangor government today announced its Prihatin Economic Stimulus Package 2.0 involving an allocation of RM272 million aimed at helping to stem the Covid-19 pandemic and tackle the current and post-pandemic economic challenges.|Read more >|SunDaily

Financial aid for taxi drivers, tour guides starts today

A one-off payment of RM600 each to registered taxi drivers and tour guides will be deposited into their registered account starting today.|Read more >|SunDaily

Govt agencies to help with Prihatin applications

Government agencies such as the Information Department will help rural folk with no access to the internet to register for the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional.|Read more >| BorneoPost

Ministry in talk with Fama to set up ‘pasar tani’ across state — Uggah

The Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development is in talk with Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) to set up ‘pasar tani’ (farmers’ markets).|Read more >| BorneoPost

April 01, 2020

Insolvency Dept announces initiatives to ease burden of bankrupts

The Malaysian Insolvency Department (Mdl) has announced several initiatives to ease the burden of bankrupts during the movement control order (MCO) period, including deferring monthly repayments for six months.|Read more >Malaymail

Prihatin: ‘No record’ individuals can make new applications, says IRB

The Malaysian Insolvency Department (Mdl) has announced several initiatives to ease the burden of bankrupts during the movement control order (MCO) period, including deferring monthly repayments for six months.|Read more >Malaymail

 

Those declared bankrupt can apply for i-Lestari withdrawal facility

Individuals who received a ‘no record’ result when checking the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) aid via the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) official portal can make new applications online until April 30.|Read more >|NST

Penang rolls out aid under PEKA

Penang has started rolling out aid as promised under the Penang Aid Package or PEKA Penang, which was unveiled last Wednesday.|Read more >|NST

 

You can receive benefits from the Prihatin stimulus package today

Beginning today, Malaysians from all walks of life will get to enjoy the various assistance and initiatives under the Economic Stimulus Package announced by the government to ease the economic burden of the people who are adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.|Read more >|SunDaily

S’wak Micro Credit Scheme opens for application

The Sarawak Micro Credit Scheme (SKMS) is open for application, beginning today (April 1), announces Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.|Read more >| BorneoPost

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March 31, 2020

Covid-19: Six months exemption of HRDF levy for employers

The Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) will grant levy exemption to more than 30,000 of its registered employers for six months, beginning April.|Read more >|NST

Felda takes proactive measures to lessen settlers' burden

The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) has stepped up its support in addressing the challenges of Covid-19.|Read more >|NST

Penang exco: All city council frontliners to receive one-off RM300 allowance tomorrow

The state government’s one-off RM300 payment to frontliners will be paid out to all 4,991 city council frontline workers tomorrow, state exco Jagdeep Singh Deo said.|Read more >Malaymail

FAQs relating to the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) 2020

Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) 2020 announced under the government’s economic stimulus package.|Read more >|TheStar

 

March 30, 2020

Pahang announces RM4.25m additional initiatives

The Pahang state government today announced five additional initiatives totalling RM4.25 million to help those affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

Perak MB announces additional aid

The state government today announced incentives for the Orang Asli community, as well as the unsung heroes comprising cleaners, rubbish collectors and grass-cutters, to help cushion the Covid-19 economic impact.|Read more >|NST

Wong Chen says Opposition MPs now getting RM100k from PM for community, intends to use during Covid-19 period

The federal government has agreed to allocate RM100,000 to each Opposition MP to spend on the community in their areas, PKR’s Subang MP Wong Chen said today.|Read more >Malaymail

 

MCO: Sabah rural development ministry to channel special aid to B40 group

The Sabah Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) has been tasked with coordinating the distribution of special aid allowances to the poor and hardcore poor as well as the B40 or lower-income group in the state under the Covid-19 Stimulus Package.|Read more >|SunDaily

Covid-19: Selangor provides free accommodation for frontliners

The Selangor state government has provided free accommodation in the form of 287 hotel rooms for frontliners fighting the Covid-19 outbreak in the state.|Read more >|SunDaily

New Malaysia | Covid-19 Mar 302020 @ 07:00

Ismail Sabri: Food aid ruling to protect NGOs

The directive for NGOs to channel their food donations to the Welfare Department is to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infections, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.|Read more >|TheStar

Register with LHDN for cash incentive, says Finance Ministry

Those who are eligible for financial assistance under the new economic stimulus package must register with the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN), says the Finance Ministry.|Read more >|TheStar

3,000 personnel to deliver food to villages

The State Government has assigned machineries involving 3,000 personnel to deliver food supplies to villages in all the districts throughout Sabah.|Read more >| BorneoPost

March 29, 2020

Land and Survey Dept confirms 30 pct discount on 2020 land rent

The Land and Survey Department has confirmed that any land rent payable for this year will have a 30 per cent discount.|Read more >| BorneoPost

Fatimah: Special aid committee to distribute food during extended MCO

A State Special Food Aid Committee (SSFAC) has been formed to help needy families and those with low or no income during the extended movement control order.|Read more >| BorneoPost

March 28, 2020

MCO: JKM offices to be turned into food collection centres

Social Welfare Department (JKM) district offices will be turned into food collection centres for items donated by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.|Read more >|SunDaily

Telcos: Postpaid, prepaid customers to get 1GB of free high-speed internet during MCO

All postpaid and prepaid customers will receive 1GB of free high-speed internet per day as part of RM1bil worth of initiatives from telecommunication companies to help customers remain connected during the movement control order (MCO).|Read more >|TheStar

 

Covid-19: Insurance policy holders can undergo screenings in private hospitals

Malaysians with insurance and takaful (syariah compliant) policies can now go for the Covid-19 screening test at any of the country’s private medical facilities.|Read more >|SunDaily

Penang traders can check RM500 eligibility next month

A total 14,012 licensed hawkers and petty traders in Penang can check their eligibility for the one-off RM500 aid on April 1 and April 6.|Read more >|SunDaily

March 27, 2020

Dr Wee: LPJ, PAK to give six-month rental exemption to complement economic stimulus package

The Transport Ministry has announced additional initiatives to help alleviate the adverse economic effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.|Read more >|TheStar

 

BNM: Covid-19 affected Insurance & Takaful participants can defer premium/contribution payments

Life insurers and family takaful operators will allow Covid-19 affected policyholders and takaful participants the option to defer the regular premium or contribution payments due under life insurance policies and family takaful certificates for three months without affecting the policy coverage, says Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).|Read more >|SunDaily

RM500 for patients, family members

The State Government has taken yet another step to ease the burden of Sabahans who are affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19).|Read more >| BorneoPost

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March 26, 2020

Penang rickshaw peddlers to receive three-month aid payout

The Penang government will issue full payments for April to June to rickshaw peddlers affected by the Covid-19 outbreak next month.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

Socso launches programme to assist workers who have lost jobs

The Human Resources Ministry, through its agency, the Social Security Organisation (Socso), has launched the Employment Retention Programme (ERP) to assist workers who have lost their jobs.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

Govt provides RM21b assistance for Malaysians amid Covid-19, more to come

For almost any country in the world, winning the war against Covid-19 is now the agenda of utmost importance. Hence strong support, especially from the government, is crucial to strengthen the entire ‘defence’ system.|Read more >Malaymail

 

Food supply heading to students on campus during MCO

Students in higher learning institutions who are experiencing shortage of food supplies during the Movement Control Order (MCO) can rest assured that the problem will be resolved as Yayasan Food Bank Malaysia (PFBM) will help them.|Read more >|NST

 

Govt to distribute face masks to over 8.6 million households: Ismail Sabri

The government will soon be distributing face masks to 8.63 million households nationwide, Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

Negri announces various aid measures for those affected by Covid-19

Negri Sembilan will provide cash aid amounting to almost RM14mil to those affected by Covid-19, covering vocations ranging from hawkers to healthcare workers and even those who tested positive for the disease.|Read more >|TheStar

24-hour Talian Kasih hotline to help deal with mental turmoil during MCO

Those struggling with emotional breakdowns due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) can call the Talian Kasih helpline to seek help and emotional support.|Read more >|NST

Deferment of six-month PTPTN loan repayment automatic for those without arrears

The government's move to extend the deferment of PTPTN loans by six months will automatically extend the repayment period for all borrowers by the same length.|Read more >|TheStar

Malaysians: Deferral helpful but comes with a cost

The government’s decision to allow the deferment of loan repayments to cushion the economic fallout on account of the Covid-19 pandemic drew mixed reactions from Malaysians.|Read more >|TheStar

 

30% power bill cut, free water for three months among 15 measures

The National Security Council (NSC) has released a list of non-essential services allowed to be open or operated within certain limits during the movement control order (MCO) period.|Read more >| BorneoPost

Federal and State Governments' Initiatives

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March 25, 2020

OYO, SPEEDHOME offer rooms to medical personnel

OYO Malaysia has come forward to offer healthcare personnel treating Covid-19 cases free rooms at its partner hotels within a 5km radius of Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital Shah Alam and Hospital Tuanku Jaafar in Seremban.|Read more >|NST

 

JHEV to pay out RM5.3m to MAF veterans: Ismail Sabri

The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) Veterans Affairs Department (JHEV) will be channeling funds from its collection including matching grant exceeding RM5.3 million to 74 veterans associations.|Read more >|SunDaily

 

Penang govt allocates RM75m to disbursed as aid

The Penang government will allocate up to RM75 million under an initiative to rejuvenate the economy that has been ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.|Read more >|SunDaily

Minister: RM63.6m aid for Federal Territories, including RM84,000 for feeding the homeless amid shutdown

The Cabinet today approved an aid package under the new “Wilayah Cakna” initiative worth RM63.6 million to help out small businesses, Covid-19 frontliners and patients, and residents in the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan to help them cope amid the government’s movement control order.|Read more >Malaymail

Interest rates will continue to accrue on deferred loan payments, Bank Negara reminds borrowers

Individuals and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that do not wish or need to avail of the flexibilities of loan and financing repayments can continue with their current repayment structures, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said.|Read more >Malaymail

 

PM says loan moratoriums, credit restructuring worth RM100b

The government’s move to freeze loan repayments for six months due to the coronavirus disease will provide relief worth RM100 billion to Malaysians, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.|Read more >Malaymail

Federal and State Governments' Initiatives

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March 24, 2020

Welfare Dept monthly aid recipients to get cash 15 days early this month

Some 500,000 recipients of the Welfare Department's monthly assistance will get their aid early, starting Wednesday (March 25).|Read more >|TheStar

 

Jakim launches Covid-19 fund to help Malaysia’s Muslims in need

The Malaysian Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) has launched a fund to help Muslim communities affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.|Read more >Malaymail

Disaster response network to coordinate GLC and GLIC Covid-19 aid

The Government-Linked Companies (GLCs) and Government-Linked Investment Companies’ (GLICs) Disaster Response Network, together with various partners, is working and coordinating these companies’ support in assisting the Health Ministry to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.|Read more >|TheStar

March 23, 2020

RM3.58m special funds to help people affected by MCO, says Pahang MB

The Pahang state government today announced a special allocation of RM3.58 million for 17,935 people in the state following the imposition of the movement control order (MCO).|Read more >Malaymail

Finance Ministry: Can apply for i-Lestari withdrawal facility from April 1

Employees Provident Fund (EPF) contributors can apply for the i-Lestari withdrawal facility beginning Apr 1.|Read more >|NST

Laksana to monitor implementation of economic stimulus package

The Finance Ministry today announced the establishment of the Unit for the Implementation and Coordination of National Agencies on the Economic Stimulus Package (Laksana).|Read more >|NST

Federal and State Governments' Initiatives

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March 23, 2020

Abang Johari announces RM1.15 billion aid package for Sarawakians

The state government has announced the Sarawakku Sayang Special Aid Package worth more than RM1.15 billion to help Sarawakians face the economic uncertainties made worse by the Coronavirus DIsease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak.|Read more >| BorneoPost

Govt will allow Malaysians to withdraw RM500 from EPF monthly

Malaysians will be allowed to withdraw part of their Employees Provident Fund (EPF) savings, as the government looks to cushion the impact of Covid-19 on the people.|Read more >|SunDaily

Deferment of PTPTN loan repayments extended

The government has agreed to extend further the deferment of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) monthly loan repayments.|Read more >|NST

 

PM: Govt to buy face masks and distribute to public for free

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin today announced that the government will purchase and distribute face masks to all Malaysians for free, in a bid to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak.|Read more >Malaymail

Govt provides RM500mil to Health Ministry to combat Covid-19

The government will channel RM500mil to the Health Ministry to support its efforts to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.|Read more >|TheStar

March 22, 2020

Covid-19: 17 incentives by Perlis govt to ease people’s burden

The Perlis government today announced 17 special incentives to ease the burden of the people affected by the Covid-19 outbreak and enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO).|Read more >Malaymail

 

Nadma clarifies eligibility for Covid-19 fund

Malaysian workers who have lost their source of income or are not being paid throughout the duration of the Movement Control Order are eligible to seek assistance from the Covid-19 Fund, said National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma).|Read more >|SunDaily

Pahang providing aid for those hit hard by MCO

The Pahang government will provide assistance to 13,200 individuals whose livelihoods have been badly affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO).|Read more >|NST

Rent for PPR housing waived for one month

The Housing and Local Government Ministry has announced that low-cost people's housing project (PPR) residents will be exempted from paying rent for a month.|Read more >|TheStar

Selangor Zakat Board allocates RM15m aid for hawkers and small traders

The Selangor Zakat Board (LZS) has allocated RM15 million in emergency aid for the welfare for hawkers and small traders in the B40 category.|Read more >|SunDaily

Public support needed for civil society initiatives to fight Covid-19

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Election (Bersih 2.0) has called upon all Malaysians to come together as a nation and support each other in the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak.|Read more >|NST

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March 21, 2020

Selangor Zakat Board allocates RM15m aid for hawkers and small traders

The Selangor Zakat Board (LZS) has allocated RM15 million in emergency aid for the welfare for hawkers and small traders in the B40 category.|Read more >|SunDaily

Public support needed for civil society initiatives to fight Covid-19

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Election (Bersih 2.0) has called upon all Malaysians to come together as a nation and support each other in the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak.|Read more >|NST

 

Youth and Sports Ministry announces seven initiatives to lighten burden of youths

The Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) yesterday announced the implementation of seven initiatives to lighten the burden of youths affected by the Covid-19 outbreak and the implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) starting Wednesday until March 31.|Read more >|SunDaily

Covid-19: Melaka announces RM6.53m incentives

The Melaka government yesterday announced eight incentives involving an allocation of RM6.53 million to help those affected by Covid-19.|Read more >Malaymail

States roll out aid to ease impact of Covid-19

Some 6,000 healthcare workers on duty battling Covid-19 in the nine public hospitals in Selangor will receive a one-off incentive of RM200 each.|Read more >|TheStar

March 20, 2020

MoH, TNB initiate financial support to fight Covid-19

The Health Ministry (MoH) together with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has initiated an action coalition to encourage corporate companies in Malaysia to collaborate with the government and work together to fight the Covid-19 virus outbreak in the country.|Read more >|NST

Govt to provide for students stranded on campus

The government will provide food to students who are staying in university or college campuses following the imposition of the movement control order (MCO), says Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.|Read more >|TheStar

Kelantan allocates RM5mil for underprivileged during MCO

Kelantan state government will allocate RM5mil in special allocation to fight Covid-19, says Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yaakob.|Read more >|TheStar

Johor rolls out aid measures for residents facing Covid-19 crisis

The Johor government today launched the Johor Ihsan Initiative to assist state residents affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis.|Read more >Malaymail

Covid-19: RM127.78 million economic stimulus package for Selangor

Selangor has announced a RM127.78 million economic stimulus package comprising seven initiatives to counter the Covid-19 pandemic.|Read more >|NST

RM500 cash assistance for poor petty traders, hawkers

The Penang Islamic Religious Council (MAINPP), through Zakat Penang, will provide a one-off RM500 cash assistance to petty traders, hawkers and workers categorised as hard core poor following the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).|Read more >|NST

 

March 19, 2020

Food boxes to be distributed to targeted groups in Perak

The state government has allocated RM720,000 to provide food boxes to the targeted groups in Perak in order to ease their hardship during the two-week Movement Control Order (MCO).|Read more >|NST

Electricity bill discounts for six months from April

All electricity consumers nationwide will be given discounts up to six months from April 1 to Sept 30 for consumption bill.|Read more >|NST

March 19, 2020

Perak govt to provide one-off RM500 assistance to hawkers, small traders

The Perak state government will provide special assistance to about 4,000 hawkers and small traders, in the form of a one-off payment of RM500 each, following the imposition of the nationwide movement control order effective from today until March 31 to curb the spread of Covid-19.|Read more >|SunDaily

March 18, 2020

Income tax return forms deadline extended two months

The last day to file the various income tax return forms (BNCP) has been extended by two months from the original deadline.|Read more >|NST

Aid for those affected by Covid-19

The Covid-19 Fund launched by the Perikatan Nasional government will give financial aid to those directly affected by the outbreak.|Read more >|TheStar

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