Lo presents the Kenyalang Gold Cards to the recipients at a symbolic presentation ceremony at SUPP Mile 10 branch office.

PADAWAN: Four hundred senior citizens here who have registered for the Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) can collect them from Aug 3 (Monday).

Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang revealed this when officiating at a symbolic KGC presentation ceremony at Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Mile 10 sub branch office.

He pointed out that only ten individuals would receive the card today (Sunday, Aug 2).   

“Our branch office will inform the other recipients when to collect their cards because we do not want 400 individuals to come up here.

“Instead, we will call them. This is to maintain social distancing during this Covid-19 pandemic,” he said when met by reporters on Sunday (Aug 2).

Lo said those interested could go to any SUPP branch office to apply for the card. They could also opt for online application.

According to him, KGC is a valuable card because it allows the elderly to enjoy discounted prices on goods when they go to supermarkets or shops which are strategic partners.

“I can foresee that in future, there will be more organisations and business outlets participating in this government aid.

“Apart from that, there are other benefits for the KGC cardholders including the ‘Death Compassionate Assistance’ amounting to RM3,000 to cover funeral expenses of card holders,” he said.

This benefit is only for those without next-of-kin, or those from poor families and the monetary assistance will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Lo, who is also the Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman, shared that the Sarawak government, under the Agriculture Facilitation Fund (AFF), also provided additional assistance to farmers and breeders.

Under the AFF, the state government has set aside RM265 million to provide aid in the form of fertilisers, planting materials, facilities and technology.

Lo added that the public should support the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government because it had introduced these positive programmes to improve the livelihood and incomes of the people.