Federal Government Spends RM4.8 Million On Living Allowance For Penang Fishermen

Posted on July 19, 2011. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

BALIK PULAU, July 19 (Bernama) — The federal government has spent RM4.8 in living allowance for about 4,500 fishermen in Penang between January and June this year, said Penang Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM)director, Raja Kahalid Raja Ariffin.

He said all fishermen registered with LKIM would be given the allowance of RM200 a month.

“The government spends about RM900,000 a month to help fishermen in the state,” he told reporters at the presentation of the allowance to 559 fishermen in Teluk Bahang by the Tajung Parliament Agriculture Development Council chairman, Datuk Ahmad Ibnihajar.

Raja Kahalid said fishermen in Penang earned between RM800 and RM1,200 a month, which was above the poverty line.

Meanwhile, Ahmad, who is also Penang Port Sdn Bhd managing director, suggested that fishermen in Teluk Bahang to set up a cooperative.

“This will enable them to set up businesses, like open a restaurant, which can help generate income so that they don’t have to depend on their catch alone,” he added.

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