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Monday, January 30, 2023

KPDNHEP introduces ‘Payung Rahmah’ initiative to help B40 tackle cost of living

NewsKPDNHEP introduces 'Payung Rahmah' initiative to help B40 tackle cost of living

The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) will be launching the ‘Payung Rahmah’ initiative to help reduce the cost of living for lower-income groups (B40) and the hardcore poor.

According to Bernama, its minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub, said the initiative requires cooperation with several ministries, including the Economy Ministry and the Agriculture and Food Security Ministry.

“The details will be announced on Tuesday and the concept of Payung Rahmah is the focus of our ministry as well as its short-term strategy for the first six months.”

“It will touch on the B40 and hardcore poor who may be hard hit if we don’t deal with it carefully and with focus because I fear the global economic situation is expected to be serious this year and will give greater impact on them,” he was quoted as saying.

According to the minister, the initiative included distributing food baskets, Rahmah Kasih Sayang Cheap Sale and Cafe Rahmah for university students.

“We will provide food baskets and hold Rahmah Kasih Sayang Cheap Sales which will have a package of 10 items, while for university students, aid is through Cafe Rahmah,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Salahuddin said the ministry would announce a price control scheme next week amid the Chinese New Year celebration.

When asked if the ministry would list face masks as a controlled item following the opening of China’s border, Salahuddin said they had not decided on the matter so far.

“As of the cabinet meeting last Wednesday, we have increased the level of security and the Ministry of Health has been assigned to control at the border without compromise.

“Nevertheless, there is no official decision yet on whether face masks will be included (controlled goods), that depends on the need at the time and when we may have to make a decision,” he said.

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