The government is offering free food to public university students who did not return to their hometowns during this Restriction of Movement Order (RMO)
In an announcement yesterday, 19 March, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that Putrajaya will cover food costs of those who are staying at their hostels and dormitories and cannot afford to buy their own meals during the RMO period.
"Classes have been discontinued, except those conducted online. But having no classes does not mean they can return (home)," he said, according to Bernama.
The Star reported that the government will calculate the numbers and costs they will have to bear.
He also added that the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) has suspended loan repayments for this period.
In addition, the Selangor government is carrying out several initiatives for those affected by COVID-19, including giving healthcare workers RM200 one-off cash payment and food allowances as they continue to fight the outbreak in hospitals
The COVID-19 Selangor Concerned Stimulus Package comprises RM127.78 million, which is set to assist those affected during the RMO period
These are the seven initiatives listed under the package:
- Hospital workers will receive RM200 incentive plus food allowance.
- About 80,000 licensed businesses and vendors within the state will receive RM500 incentives and rent exemption.
- HIJRAH borrowers will receive three-month moratorium on loan repayments.
- Public university students will receive RM200 incentive plus food allowance.
- Smart-Sewa renters will receive three-month moratorium on rental payments.
- RM30,000 increase to state assemblymen's expenditure.
- Land tax payments will be deferred to 30 June.
According to New Straits Times, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said that the funds come from the State Treasury and the CSR contributions of subsidiaries of state-owned companies.
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