‘’Thank god, our economy is good, we will return it (allowance) to RM300. I have never forgotten the fishermen,’’ he said when winding up the debate on the Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2019 in Dewan Rakyat today.
To date, 40,000 fishermen nationwide received a subsistence allowance of RM200 a month since January.
He said that the ministry was also scrutinising the giving of incentives and subsidies at the output stage, namely, depending on the productivity of the fishermen.
‘’The more fish caught the more subsidies and incentives they will obtain,’’ he said, adding that the mechanism for the implementations of such incentives and subsidies must be made carefully to avoid any problems in the future.
The Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2019, which was aimed at raising the general penalties for offences under the Fisheries Act 1985, was then unanimously approved in Dewan Rakyat.
Through the bill, the maximum proposed penalty for the owner or skipper of a foreign vessel which encroached into Malaysian waters was raised to RM6 million from RM1 million while the penalty for every crew member was also raised to RM600,000 from RM100,000.
The sitting resumes tomorrow.