His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, has consented for a form of financial assistance to be offered to 3 groups of employees in the private sector affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The financial assistance is to ensure the well-being of citizens and residents in the country specifically those working in the private sector who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and receiving a basic monthly salary of $1,500 or less.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah stated that the 3 groups are, first, those who lost their jobs where terminations were due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the company and not due to disciplinary actions taken by company or the employees resigning on their own. Second, those who are on an unpaid leave exceeding 7 days whether due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the company or issued a Quarantine Order by the Ministry of Health and third, those who are self-employed or freelancers. The assistance does not include those who are working in the public sector and Government Linked Companies.

Source: Radio Television Brunei