Yii (second right) seen attending to a member of the public inquiring about Sarawak Pay as Ting (second left) and others look on.
MIRI: Unlicensed hawkers or traders who have yet to register for the temporary permit from Miri City Council (MCC) are reminded to do so before the end of this month in order to be eligible for the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) grant.
Mayor Adam Yii Siew Sang gave this reminder at Krokop 10 Market yesterday, saying only those with permanent or temporary licence are eligible to receive the BKSS grant given by the Sarawak government.
He was joined by councillors and Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting at the market in assisting the hawkers and traders there to register for Sarawak Pay.
“For the public’s information, those who have registered with the council and have permit to operate business, they are automatically given the grant of RM2,250. All they have to do is to register their business account with Sarawak Pay as it is the first choice of platform for the government to channel the aid.
“However, those who opt for voucher should know that the vouchers are only distributed to recipients at Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN). As we can see, there are long queues at BSN almost every weekday, and indirectly, it increases the risk of exposure to Covid-19 virus.
“Therefore, our main purpose of reaching out to small-time businesses, such as hawkers and traders, is to encourage them to register and to receive the grant, with the convenience of just accessing their e-wallet account on their mobile phone,” said Yii.
The grant, he added, is among the various schemes by the Sarawak government to assist people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing Movement Control Order.
“The grant is given to small-time businesses such as those renting stalls, after they register for temporary permit with the local councils. As of last week, we have gathered that nearly 3,000 forms were given out to temporary permit applicants but only over 1,300 forms were returned to the council. We hope that they will submit the forms before the end of this month, so that they can receive the aid,” said Yii.
The service booth set up at the Krokop 10 Market attracted dozens of hawkers and traders who came forward with relevant documents to register for a Sarawak Pay account.