Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Ragad Kurdi Taib (second right) with Abang Johari; Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah (left) and Datuk Amar Juma'ani Tun Tuanku Bujang performing the gimmick launching of the Women's Day 2020 at BCCK in Kuching today. Photo: Ramidi Subari


KUCHING: Almost RM700 million has been spent by the state government on Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) for the B40 category since April.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in revealing this said RM361.89 million was paid for the period April until June early this year, while RM319 million was distributed for the months of July and August.

“When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, the state government started the BKSS and we have provided aid to heads of household in the B40 group.

“From April until June, we have paid to 406,243 recipients and for B40 singles, we have aided 114,683 persons. However, there were instances where the head of household was also a recipient of the B40 singles aid.

“Due to that, I have asked the committee to screen the list and that the recipients will be paid according to their latest status. These are what we have implemented under the BKSS,” he said when officiating at the state level Women's Day celebration at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.

On aid for women, Abang Johari said he had kept his promise which he had made previously through initiatives by the Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry.

“We have approved the Endowment Fund Sarawak (EFS) where RM1,000 is paid for each baby born and I also promised this time last year that we will help mothers in maternity.

“We have done so with the RM450 paid to the mothers and for the elderly, we have provided initiatives in terms of discount for groceries through the Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC),” he said.

The chief minister said the state government has also helped lessen the burden of parents through the free school bus programme.

“Through this, parents would not need to pay the bus fare as it is fully borne by the state government,” he said.

To a question on whether the state government would introduce BKSS 4.0 after the current BKSS 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, Abang Johari said the payment for the existing packages was still ongoing.

“Our BKSS is still up to December, we had said that every two months we will pay (to the recipients. We anticipate (the payment to be made) until December,” he said when met by reporters at the function.

>Sources: New Sarawak Tribune