KUCHING: Persatuan Anak Istimewa Sarawak (Perais) welcomes the federal government’s initiative to increase the maximum salary eligibility limit under the Disabled Workers Allowance (EPC) assistance from RM1,200 to RM1,500.
Its president Rapelson Richard Hamit said like normal persons, the disabled workers are also financially affected by the movement control order due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said Perais also supported the federal government’s initiative to provide opportunities for the disabled to register and renew their business licence with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) for free.
“We agree and believe that such a move may serve as an incentive for the disabled to venture into existing and new businesses.
“We also welcome the initiative that Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) provides RM25 million under the Special Microcredit Scheme for the disabled to venture into business with a financing limit of up to RM50,000 and an interest rate as low as three per cent,” he said in a statement in response to the recent announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Rapelson said Perais also hoped that the federal government will consider raising the maximum eligibility limit to RM2,000, the poverty line in Malaysia.
He said anyone earning less than that is indeed living below the poverty line and struggling against the rising cost of living amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Muhyiddin in a special message, among others, reportedly said the maximum salary eligibility limit for Disabled Workers Allowance will be increased from RM1,200 to RM1,500 per month.
He said the initiative, which involved an allocation of RM26 million, would benefit 5,000 people with disabilities (PwD) in the country.
“I was informed that the disabled who are working are also affected during this difficult period.
“In this regard, the government has agreed to increase the maximum salary eligibility limit for the Disabled Workers Allowance from RM1,200 to RM1,500 per month,” he said in a special message on the Strategic Programme to Empower the People and the Economy (Pemerkasa).