On Thursday May 27th, Johor Chief Minister Dato’ Hasni Mohammad issued a statement after a virtual meeting with state representatives. He announced that the Johor state government has plans to launch another economic stimulus package. The stimulus package will help Johorean residents cope with the financial impact of COVID-19.
Dato’ Hasni said “The Johor state government has always prioritised the welfare and interests of the people, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. Various initiatives and assistance have been given to the affected groups and the efforts will continue to be strengthened.”
“Therefore, the Johor state government is planning to provide an economic stimulus package 3.0. Apart from that, the state government has also allocated RM10 million (US$2.4 million) for the (distribution) of food baskets (to the needy).”
Economy heavily impacted
The Malaysia-Singapore border closures enforced by COVID-19 has heavily impacted Johor’s economy. Visitors from across the Causeway keep many businesses alive in the state.
More details on the stimulus package that will soon be launched were not provided by Dato’ Hasni.
The new package will however, be in addition to a stimulus package announced by the Johor state government in 2020. Last year, the state government allocated a total of RM150 million to assist industries and sectors affected by COVID-19.
The state government is also looking to expedite the process of vaccinating Johorean residents, according Dato’ Hasni.
Dato’ Hasni said “Meanwhile, in ensuring the vaccination process is implemented quickly, safely and effectively, the state government has taken several approaches including working closely with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and all relevant parties to obtain vaccines, including efforts to procure our own vaccines such as buying from Singapore.“
Additional allocation to state assemblymen
State assemblymen will receive additional allocations of RM50,000 each, if they advocate informative programs. The programs must show all the government’s efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. All information contained in the programs must be accurate.
Dato’ Hasni said “I call on all people representatives to redouble their capabilities and initiatives to fight COVID-19 in their respective constituencies for the good of the people.”
Playing a role
Dato’ Hasni conducted the meeting. A week earlier, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar summoned MPs and state assemblymen representing Johor’s constituencies to meet. The Sultan wanted to discuss how to overcome the COVID-19 situation in the state.
Elected representatives “need to play a role”. They should help those who are affected and also help curb the pandemic, said Sultan Ibrahim.
The virtual meeting went on despite the prevention of parliament and state legislative assembly sittings from being held at this time. This is due to an emergency ordinance that is in force until August this year.
Cooperating in the future
All state representative participants in the discussion received thanks from Dato’ Hasni. In his statement, Dato’ Hasni added that talks will likely “continue in the future”.
Dato’ Hasni said “In the discussion, all representatives of the people voiced their views and gave confidence to the state government in leading various efforts at the state level in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“The discussion and commitment shown by all representatives, both from Perikatan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan, exemplifies the ‘Johor way’ of political discourse, in which it is very important to achieve consensus across different political parties in facing this pandemic.”
28th May 2021 23:00
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