The government has given the assurance that the people’s welfare will be taken care of despite the country being in the midst of the movement control order (MCO) due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The measures we are taking will have an impact on the people by making their lives more assured. What is the purpose of the government, if it is not to help and take care of the people? That is the top priority in any government,” PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in a special interview on Saturday (Apr 25).
“The efforts must be done with conviction as results from these measures taken will help improve their lives.”
The PM said the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package (Prihatin) announced recently did not leave out any category as each and every citizen has been affected by the pandemic.
“The stimulus package involves a huge amount, but it covers every segment…whether those in the low-income group (B40), businesses, individuals or groups, everyone has a share of the package, the M40 group as well,” he said.
Muhyiddin, on Mar 27, unveiled the Prihatin package worth RM250bil to protect the welfare of the people, support businesses, and strengthen the economy in a move to cushion the Covid-19 pandemic impact.
He later announced a RM10bil additional stimulus package for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Elaborating on the government’s plans to protect the people’s welfare post-MCO, Muhyiddin said the government will ensure the country’s economy is on solid footing to ensure aid continued to be channelled to the people.
“We will not allow economy to collapse as the government collects taxes from economic activities. If businesses are to wind up or suffer losses, how is the government going to earn revenue to fund the people’s needs?” he said.
Source : The Star