By Chew Lip Song
HAWKERS and petty traders who qualify for the RM1,500 cash aid under the Sarawak government’s stimulus package, are expected to receive the first tranche of their payments by May.
They will receive the first RM750 via SarawakPay in April or May while the balance will be in June or July, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said, Sarawak Voice reported.
The payment is part of the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on April 10. The aid package is to help traders cope with loss of income following the Movement Control Order to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“For those who do not have any SarawakPay account, they will be paid in cash through the nearest Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) branch by May for the first phase and July for the second phase,” he said.
He added that stalls trading inside coffee shops are eligible but they must furnish the necessary documentations.
“This assistance also extends to those petty traders, hawkers and eatery food stalls who do not have the licences or permits. To qualify for this BKSS, they have to register and obtain permits from the respective council by applying online or over the counter.
“The due date for the application will be on May 31 and the permit will be valid until Sept 30.
“The payment of BKSS under this category will be made in June or July through SarawakPay account or by cash through BSN,” he added.
To qualify, unlicensed hawkers, petty traders and eatery food stall owners must be a Sarawakian residing trading in Sarawak, aged 18 and above and personally traded or operated a stall, kiosk, roadside stall before April 1.
Trader must be registered with the local council and obtain a permit issued by the council.
The last day for the application of the permit shall be May 31, 2020.The validity of the permit shall be until Sept 30, 2020.
Online business is not included.