‘Makcik Kiah’ was used as parable by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to depict a woman selling banana fritters, living in Desa Tun Razak PPR, having a government retiree husband who is driving Grab. (Picture for representation purposes only)
‘Makcik Kiah’ was used as parable by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to depict a woman selling banana fritters, living in Desa Tun Razak PPR, having a government retiree husband who is driving Grab. (Picture for representation purposes only) PIX: MalaysiaGazette

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR – Maintaining his down to earth and simple use of language, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin used the character of Makcik Kiah to depict the benefits which the people could receive through the Prihatin Economic Stimulus Package today (Prihatin).

In a parable, the Prime Minister said that Makcik Kiah is a woman selling banana fritter and lives in the Desa Tun Razak People’s Housing Project (PPR), has a government retiree husband who drives Grab.

Her son is a borrower of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) borrower and her total monthly household income is RM4,000.

“Makcik Kiah’s family will get the RM1,600 Bayaran Prihatin Nasional, the remaining BSH of RM600, aid for government retirees of RM500 and e-hailing cash aid of RM500.

“If Makcik Kiah’s husband serves the RELA, he will get RM200 per month until the end of the outbreak. Makcik Kiah’s family will enjoy at least RM3,400 of cash aid in total.

“If Makcik Kiah made a micro credit loan for her banana fritter business with a monthly repayment of RM100, Makcik Kiah will get a savings of RM600.

“She would then save RM4,464. Thus, the total value of benefit received by the family of Makcik Kiah including cash aids and savings is RM7,864.

“So, Makcik Kiah can now smile a little listening to the calculations I made,” he said during the announcement on Prihatin broadcasted live on national television.

Muhyiddin once again emphasized that the Prihatin Package is a stimulus package that leaves no one behind in facing the Covid-19 pandemic which hits the country.

The RM250 billion package encompassed various initiatives where many of it are one-off payments to provide cash for the people to spend as their income may have been affected by the outbreak and the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO). -MalaysiaGazette

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