Financial aid for trishaw and taxi drivers by Penang state governmentV. Sivaji | March 26, 2020 | 0 | Events , Happening Now , Penang , Spotlight , Travel , Travel Buzz
Help is on the way for those from the lower income bracket in the tourism related industry impacted by the CoVID-19 pandemic.
The financial assistance is from the RM75 million package or “Pakej Bantuan Rakyat Pulau Pinang” devised by the Penang state government..
Penang State exco for Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage YB Yeoh Soon Hin said the state has dedicated a significant portion of the RM75mil Pakej Bantuan Rakyat Pulau Pinang allocated due to Covid-19 for tourism-affiliated sectors.
He said the state views seriously on the effect of the ongoing coronavirus towards the tourism sector, especially towards most vulnerable sectors relying on tourism for their livelihood including the registered tour guides, trishaw riders, taxi drivers and e-hailing drivers and others.
“I have been communicating with various sectors such as tour guides, and I have proposed to the state to secure the best aid possible to support them.
“For example, the trishaw riders would receive early payout amounting to RM300 in one lump sum for their allowances allocated for April, May and June.
“On top of the RM300, the state is also topping up the amount with an additional one-off payment of RM200 in April to benefit an estimated 318 trishaw riders,” he said.
He also added that for registered tour guides, there will be a one-off aid amounting to RM500 which is expected to benefit around 1,300 registered tour guides in Penang under Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture (MOTAC).
He said around 2,248 taxi drivers will be receiving advance payout of RM300 incentive, with an additional one-off payment of RM200. E-hailing drivers would also receive an incentive of RM300 one-off which would benefit around 10,000 drivers in Penang.
“I will also keep monitoring the situation to ensure that the people and business that need it most would benefit,” said Yeoh in a press statement today.
Meanwhile, state director for MOTAC, Jonathan Freddy Bagang welcomed the move as the financial assistance will offer some relief to help these operators in the state through these rough times.
“We also hope that all of us will come out of these trying times and regain our position in the tourism industry,” he said when contacted.