PM announces Permai, much heard before

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today announced the ‘Perlindungan Ekonomi dan Rakyat Malaysia (Permai)’ assistance package worth RM15 billion.

However, many of the incentives were just extensions of previous programmes.

The good news is that the ‘Wage Subsidy Programme 3.0’ under Social Security Organisation (Socso) will be enhanced.

All employers in Movement Control Order (MCO) states are eligible to apply, irrespective of sector.

For a period of one month, eligible employers will receive a wage subsidy of RM600 for each of their employee earning less than RM4,000.

In addition, the wage subsidy limit of 200 employees for each employer will be increased to 500 employees.

Separately, those who make donations towards curbing the spread of Covid-19 would be eligible for a tax deduction based on their gross business income or aggregate income.

Muhyiddin also revealed a website that lists down all the initiatives and allocations by the government.

SEREMBAN, PORT DICKSON TO BE PLACED UNDER MCO

A surge in Covid-19 cases means Seremban and Port Dickson will be under the Movement Control Order from tomorrow until Feb 1.

This was announced by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

FOUR TERENGGANU EXCO OFFICES CLOSED FOR SANITISATION

Four Terengganu executive councillors offices – State Local Government, Housing, Health and Environment Committee’s office; State Human Development, Dakwah, and Information Committee’s office; State Agriculture, Food Industries, Plantations, Commodities and Rural Development’s office and the State Syariah Implementation, Education and Higher Education’s office will be closed for 14 days until Jan 30.

This comes after five positive Covid-19 cases were found in the building. The closures are to enable sanitation work to be carried out.

‘SLAPPING DATUK’ ISSUES APOLOGY

The ‘Datuk’ caught on video slapping a young couple has issued an apology for his “extreme actions.”

Admitting he was drunk, he also requested the public not to drag his family into the issue and that he had surrendered to the police.

UMNO POSTPONES GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR SECOND TIME

Umno has postponed its general assembly scheduled for Jan 30-31.

This is the second time it is postponing its general assembly. The assembly was first postponed from Dec 6-7 to the end of this month due to the surge in Covid-19 cases.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said a new date for the annual party meeting will be announced later.

Under Clause 8.2 of the Umno constitution, the AGM must be held within 18 months of the last meeting which was held from Dec 4 to 7, 2019.

YEARS OF TOIL BY CIVIL SOCIETY RESULTED IN GAZETTEMENT OF BUKIT KIARA FEDERAL PARK

Friends of Bukit Kiara (FoBK) president Kribanandan Gurusamy Naidu pays tribute to those who played an instrumental role in the partial gazettement of Bukit Kiara Federal Park.