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Selangor is assisting youths to become e-hailing riders, in order for them to lift themselves out of poverty.
What you need to know: The Selangor state government is allocating RM2 million to fund its Roda Darul Ehsan Initiative (RiDE), a program under the Selangor Sports council to provide subsidies amounting to RM350 per person. It’s aimed at helping the state’s youths, especially from the urban poor and B40 group, get a B2 motorcycle license. The program would also train youths to become competent e-hailing riders. The program would be open for applications starting August 1, 2020, through the state’s Sports Council website, HERE.
Who said what: Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said that e-hailing services have become a trend, especially in the “new normal” post-pandemic world with many youths participating in the gig economy. He added that the government supports young people who are trying to make a living. He explained that the program would benefit around 3,000 youths between the ages of 17 to 30.
How it got here: RiDE was launched in March 2020 as part of Selangor’s 2020 state budget to help its youths obtain motorcycle licenses so they can apply for jobs at the many e-hailing services in the country.
Selangor allocates RM2 mln to assist youths via RiDE programme [Bernama]
RM1 million motorcycle license subsidy opens in March 2020 [BikersRepublic]
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