MELAKA, March 19 (Bernama) -- The Melaka state government will provide school canteen operators rent exemption for March and April to help reduce their burden during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.

Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali said the rent exemption had been requested through the State Education Department and it would be arranged by Datuk Noor Effandi Ahmad, the state Education, Higher Education, Technical and Vocational, Science and Innovation Committee chairman in the Chief Minister’s office.

“We have received complaints from canteen operator representatives about their income being affected by school closures following MCO to curb the spread of COVID-19 and we have agreed to give them a rent waiver.

“We hope that the rent concession will more or less reduce the burden of school canteen operators in the state,” he told a media conference after a state government meeting at Seri Negeri complex here today.

According to Sulaiman, the state government is also considering incentive or assistance for hawkers and small traders as well as early salary payment for state civil servants and it will depend on the current financial position of the state government.





Meanwhile, Sulaiman said all 10 Melaka state executive council members (Exco) will undergo COVID-19 health screening to ensure that they are free of the disease

He said the screening was important as the Excos were the backbone to ensure smooth management and administration of the state government.

“The COVID-19 screening will be done in Seri Negeri as soon as possible by the state Health Department,” he said.

In another development, he said Melaka residents were asked to be patient with the water supply rationing and comply with the MCO as announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday.

He said the state government is still trying to restore the water supply as soon as possible and explained that the current water level at the Durian Tunggal Dam is only at 14.6 per cent or about 4,520 million litres of water, while Jus Dam has only 22.6 per cent or 987 million litres and the water level in Asahan Dam is 63.9 per cent or 445 million litres.


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