Harapan proposes relief measures during 'total lockdown'

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Harapan proposes relief measures during 'total lockdown'
Harapan proposes relief measures during 'total lockdown'

Pakatan Harapan has proposed various relief measures during the "total lockdown" that the government plans to implement from June 1 amid rising Covid-19 cases.

The opposition coalition's cost of living committee said it would take the "constructive stance" of supporting the decision if the government can provide the necessary relief to people who will be impacted by the total lockdown.

It said among the relief measures should include one-off financial assistance to B40 and M40 groups and a three-month moratorium on loan repayment.

They also proposed a rebate of electricity bill tariff.

The committee made the call in a statement signed by seven MPs from PKR, Amanah and DAP.

The statement was signed by Hassan Abdul Karim (Pasir Gudang), Hasanuddin Mohd Yunus (Hulu Langat), Chong Chieng Jen (Stampin), Natrah Ismail (Sekijang), V Sivakumar (Ipoh Barat), Chang Foong Hin (Kota Kinabalu) and Cha Kee Chin (Rasah).

The proposals were similar to what was implemented during the first movement control order (MCO) in March last year.

The committee also urged the government to ensure a sufficient supply of essential goods during the total lockdown and that prices of goods will not increase.

They added that food aid should also be distributed to the needy.

The "total lockdown" announced last night will be similar to the first movement control order (MCO 1.0) implemented in March last year that saw many social and economic sectors shut down except for essential services.

It came less than a week after Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's interview on national television where he explained at length why MCO 1.0 cannot be implemented again as it could cause economic collapse.

He also said that the government didn't have enough money anymore to provide wide-ranging aid as it did when MCO 1.0 was implemented.

The current MCO 3.0, which came into force on May 12 and revised with slightly stricter rules on May 25, allows most economic sectors to operate.

The "total lockdown" will take effect for about two weeks from June 1 to 14.

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