MAFI compiling list of licensed fishermen to receive government aid
Kiandee interacts with fisherman Nanduyuk Sahi (left) after attending a ceremony with fishermen from Pulau Jambongan near Beluran. — Bernama photo
BELURAN: The Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry (MAFI) would carry out a nationwide exercise to determine if the full-time fishermen possess valid fishing licences.
Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the move was to ensure that no fisherman would be left out of the government’s subsistence allowance.
“I hope the area and state fishermen’s associations would play a more active role to ensure that the fishermen registered in their respective areas are genuine, full-time fishermen.
“The government spends hundreds of millions of ringgit every year to provide assistance to fishermen in the form of cash, and it should reach the target group,” he told reporters after attending a ceremony with fishermen from Pulau Jambongan, near here yesterday.
Kiandee also said his team was still collecting data on fishermen who had not registered for any valid fishing licence.
According to him, the fishermen’s subsistence allowance is RM300 a month. — Bernama