KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has introduced a brand new financial help bundle value RM15 billion (US$3.7 billion) on Monday (Jan 18) to mitigate the influence of COVID-19.
In a televised handle, Mr Muhyiddin mentioned the bundle dubbed PERMAI, or the Malaysian Financial and Rakyat Safety Help Bundle, strengthens the present initiatives in place to assist Malaysians address the financial influence of COVID-19.
“A complete of 22 initiatives will likely be applied below PERMAI, and they’re based mostly on three predominant aims – firstly to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, secondly to guard the individuals‘s welfare and thirdly to assist enterprise continuity,” mentioned Mr Muhyiddin.
The announcement got here as Malaysia struggles to include its third wave of COVID-19 infections, with four-digit each day will increase in circumstances bringing the nationwide complete to greater than 155,000. The healthcare system is at a breaking level, the prime minister had mentioned final week.
In his Monday handle, Mr Muhyiddin mentioned initiatives below the primary goal of combating COVID-19 included the implementation of the nation‘s COVID-19 vaccination programme, hiring extra employees to strengthen the healthcare system, collaboration with personal hospitals and extra assessments for healthcare frontliners.
For the second goal of defending individuals‘s welfare, among the many initiatives he highlighted was that financial institution moratorium help and mortgage compensation discount will proceed to be offered.
“The moratorium, together with the extension of the moratorium and the discount of mortgage instalments, will likely be provided by banks, as beforehand introduced,” mentioned Mr Muhyiddin.
As well as, the tax reduction interval for the purchases of cellphones, computer systems and tablets, the interval at no cost Web entry by the telecommunication trade in addition to the gross sales tax exemption interval on passenger autos will all be prolonged, he added.
For the third goal of supporting enterprise continuity, initiatives embody a one-off financial help for taxi and bus drivers, and a particular 10 per cent low cost on electrical payments from January till March to 6 enterprise sectors throughout the nation. IMPACT OF MCO ON ECONOMY IS STILL UNDER CONTROL: MUHYIDDIN
Final Tuesday, Malaysia’s king Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah declared a state of emergency throughout the nation, a day after the prime minister introduced that 5 states, together with Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor and Sabah, and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan would come below a two-week motion management order (MCO) once more.
The northern state of Kelantan was then positioned below MCO restrictions starting Saturday, bringing the full variety of affected states to 6. Sarawak can be imposing an MCO within the Sibu, Selangau and Kanowit districts following a spike in new infections over the past a number of days. A ban on interstate journey is in drive throughout the nation till Jan 26 in an effort to curb the unfold of the virus.