By Chew Lip Song
THE Sarawak government should quickly disburse the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) cash aid to all eligible recipients to help them cope with the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, a state lawmaker said today.
Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong said she had received feedback, especially those from the B40 households earning below RM4,000 per month and single Sarawakians aged 21 and above, earning below RM2,000 per month that they have yet to receive the payout from the state government.
Those eligible had been promised that they would receive the aid by the end of this month.
“The Sarawak Government should not further delay the payout of the 6-month Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) 2020 to all eligible recipients including those who had made appeals through the district offices and online services,” Yong said in a statement.
She also expressed disappointment that many of the BKSS appeal cases were still pending, although the state government had earlier promised to revert on the status by June 15.
Yong added that if the state government planned to make payments to all qualified appellants by this month, it is unlikely that the status of their appeals were not ready.
According to the Sarawak Economic Planning Unit (EPU), 78,123 households from the B40 group eligible for the BKSS aid, based on the updated Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) list.