Tourism Sector Employees in Terengganu to Receive Cash Assistance Through Berkat 2.0, State Exco Says | Malaysia


National Committee for Tourism, Culture and Digital Technology Chairman Ariffin Deraman said more than RM 520,000 has been allocated for this special incentive which is expected to ease the burden on the population, especially in the preparation of the celebration of Aidilfitri. – Photo by Bernama

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KUALA TERENGGANU, May 10 – A total of 408 taxi drivers and more than 1,300 employees of 141 tourism and travel agencies affected by the Covid-19 outbreak will each receive RM300 under the Terengganu incentive program People’s Economic Aid (Berkat) 2.0.

National Committee for Tourism, Culture and Digital Technology Chairman Ariffin Deraman said more than RM 520,000 has been allocated for this special incentive which is expected to ease the burden on the population, especially in the preparation of the celebration of Aidilfitri.

“The aid to be distributed to all eligible beneficiaries in stages will be credited to their respective accounts,” he told reporters after handing over the aid to the representative of the taxi drivers and the owners of selected tourism agencies. , here today.

Last February, Berkat 1.0 aid for the tourism sector totaling RM 150,200 was distributed to Sultan Mahmud airport taxi drivers, tour guides, trishaw drivers, boat operators, speedboat drivers, Tasik Kenyir boat operators and mountain guides.

Meanwhile, several taxi drivers that Bernama met expressed gratitude for the timely assistance which they said was helpful as Hari Raya is only days away.

Ahmad Che Noh, 67, said his income as a taxi driver had dropped significantly in the wake of the pandemic.

“It’s even hard to get 10 RM a day. There are days when we don’t get anything but we understand that it is pandemic season. Everyone in the tourism industry has been seriously affected.

“Fortunately, the state government understands our plight and has given us this incentive bonus. Thank you also to the federal government for donating RM500 to taxi drivers earlier this year, ”said Ahmad, a taxi driver since 1994.

For the owner of the transportation company Sri Bumi Holidays, Nor Umirah Nordin, 30, the state government document encouraged his six employees.

“Our company has one bus, four vans and 10 cars for hire, and we work with operators of resorts and cabins across Terengganu.

“However, the pandemic had caused the company’s revenue to drop by 90%. Previously we could get over 20 travel package bookings, but nowadays we can’t even get a single booking and to survive we now have to switch to delivery service, ”she said. – Bernama


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