Loans totalling RM2.7 billion have been approved for more than 5,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) up to April 15 under three easy financing facilities for SMEs administered by Bank Negara, said Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Aziz. The facilities are the RM5 billion Special Relief Facility, RM1 billion Agrofood Facility and RM300 million SME Automation and Digitalisation Facility.

“Of the RM6.3 billion funds available up to April 15,2020, loans totalling RM2.7 billion for more than 5,000 SMEs with a financing rate of as low as 3.5 per cent have been approved by participating domestic banks. “This was up from RM1.5 billion for 3,000 SMEs in the previous week, ” he said in the second report on the implementation of the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package (PRIHATIN) by the Inter-Agencies Economic Stimulus Implementation and Coordination Unit (LAKSANA).

With up to 80 per cent government guarantee coverage, banks would be driven to ease the loan application approval process and approvals would continue to increase in the coming week, Tengku Zafrul said. “I hope the recipients will fully benefit from the facilities, For those interested, they can contact local banks for further information, ” he added.

LAKSANA was set up to track, monitor, and ensure that the economic stimulus packages introduced by the government are delivered to and benefit all levels of society.

– Bernama


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