Sabah approves MYR160M for COVID-19

KOTA KINABALU (THE STAR) – Sabah has approved a MYR160 million Bantuan Prihatin COVID-19 fund to help all levels of society hit hard by the pandemic, said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

The chief minister said this was in addition to the MYR50 million approved by the state government earlier this month.

He said the funds are to be disbursed through various ministries in the form of cash aid.

“It will benefit those in the agriculture, tourism and transport sectors, as well as hawkers, orphans and single mothers, among others,” he said after chairing the weekly state Cabinet meeting yesterday.

From this amount, MYR1 million will be channelled through universities to help students at institutes of higher learning, Hajiji said.

Apart from that, he also announced the establishment of the Sabah Economic Council to discuss the way forward for the state’s economic recovery.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor. PHOTO: THE STAR