Fishermen set to receive RM500 advance payment from PSR’s ex-gratia package soon


Good news for all the 1,615 fishermen in the state as the Penang government today announced that advance payment of RM500, which is part of the ex-gratia package dedicated to them, would be rolled out this month.

Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman had recently announced in a press conference that the ex-gratia package, which is under the Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP) for the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project, would benefit licensed fishermen and nine fishing units.

The nine fishing units are from Permatang Tepi Laut, Sungai Batu, Teluk Kumbar and Gertak Sanggul (Tier 1) and Seri Jerjak, Batu Maung, Teluk Tempoyak, Pulau Betong and Kuala Sungai Burong (Tier 2).

“The advance payment of RM500 would benefit all the tekong and crew members from both the Tier 1 and 2.

“Those who have registered early would be given priority. Each group would consist of 100 members.

“The first group is expected to receive their payment on March 3 (Wednesday) while the other groups would receive theirs accordingly on March 5, 10 and 12 this year,” he said during the press conference at the stakeholders’ engagement centre (Pusat Perkhidmatan Setempat Nelayan), off Permatang Damar Laut today.

Ahmad Zakiyuddin, who is also the Fishermen Task Force chairman, had previously said for Tier 1, a tekong would be given RM20,000 plus a boat and an engine while a crew member would receive RM12,960. The boat measures 27 feet long with 60 or 70 horsepower.

For Tier 2, he said a tekong would be given RM13,200 and a crew member would get RM5,400 each.

He also added that the remaining amount would be paid in two instalments, namely 75% in the weeks to come this month and the remaining 25% in January 2022.

“As of Feb 23, some 400 fishermen have already registered. I would like to encourage those who have yet to register, to do so at the Pusat Perkhimatan Setempat Nelayan (PPSN) Permatang Damar Laut and Gertak Sanggul.

“Due to the ongoing movement control order (MCO), attendees at the two centres are limited to only five fishermen at a time in order to comply with the strict safety measures,” he added.

They can call the PPSN hotline at 1-800-88-6393 or PTMP at 1-300-88-9700 for an appointment.

The PSR project is to reclaim three islands (Islands A, B and C) at the south-end of the Penang island, measuring a total of 4,500 acres in land size. Island A will be 2,300 acres in size, Island B will be 1,400 acres and Island C will be 800 acres.

Separately, Ahmad Zakiyuddin had previously also said SIMP would offer apprentice scheme, job matching, and training courses and programmes for young fishermen, and tuition and scholarship schemes for fishermen’s children.

Source: Buletin Mutiara


  1. Jerome
    March 2nd, 2021 at 11:57 | #1

    What? No joke? Contractors, developers, politicians all making big money from this, and all the fishermen get is RM500??? Ok.

  2. jon
    March 2nd, 2021 at 14:58 | #2

    ikan bilis payout. worse than halloween sweets handouts.

  3. Haiyaa
    March 2nd, 2021 at 19:40 | #3

    People’s living have been difficult during COVID period. Some are even surviving everyday to just fill up their stomach, pay house loan, buy daily needs. RM500 per person to fire those fishermen? What an unfair deal… It’s disappointing. Please… at least find them another job to continue their living as a goodwill, if you want to fire their current job.

  4. PSR
    March 2nd, 2021 at 21:33 | #4

    Please read the article properly la. RM500 just advance payment. Some will be getting up to RM20k plus a few other benefits.

  5. Gemini
    March 2nd, 2021 at 23:18 | #5

    Please read all before comments. From the article, there are 9 fishing groups and each group consists of 100 members = 900 members in total. Each member gets RM500 and a total payment equal to RM450K as advance. From the article, additional money, and boats will be provided. I hope the state gov can focus more effort and engage with the Department Of Fishies to train and upskill the fisherman so that they can improve and sustain the living as fishermen. Train them how to fish is better than giving them fish itself. Don’t just simply hantam by just reading the subject title.

  6. jjptr
    March 3rd, 2021 at 08:09 | #6


    You mean for this advance of RM500 each, the total to all the members is RM450k? So if our CM didn’t spend that money to buy that new Merc s560e, each fisherman could have got DOUBLE as much for the advance? Isn’t that more meaningful, instead of putting his own vanity before the people’s welfare? And not to mention even the PM’s official car is only a Proton Perdana, why on earth does a CM who claims to have no authority/control over many national policies concerning the people’s well being, need to be chauffeured in a WORLD RENOWNED TOP-OF-THE-LINE luxury car? Hhmm….maybe just to keep up to his developer friends??

  7. jon
    March 3rd, 2021 at 16:25 | #7

    getting the rm500 has a legal attachment. pls do go to that bait. rm500 is ikan bilis.
    we dont need 3 artificial islands. is nonsense.

  8. Gemini
    March 4th, 2021 at 07:40 | #8

    I agree that Merc not necessary and the money should be spent on more meaningful when ppl facing pandemic hardship now, but better not mix political issues into the fisherman welfare.

  9. Gemini
    March 4th, 2021 at 07:46 | #9

    I believe the fisherman has the right to reject the compensation amount and negotiate for a better and fair amount.

  10. jon
    March 4th, 2021 at 12:34 | #10

    aiyo, ask the state gov to concentrate on the previous previous years committed project first loh. none materialized yet. now talking abt building 3 artificial island pulak.

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