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KENYALANG GOLD CARD

KUCHING: Senior citizens aged 60 and above can apply for the Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) if they have not done so.

In making the call, State Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah encouraged KGC applicants to start applying for the Death Compassionate Assistance (BIK) of RM3,000 which is meant for funeral expenses.

“Applicants must be Malaysian citizens with the ‘K’ status from the age of 60 and above. However, the assistance is for those who receive funeral management assistance under government pensioners’ scheme.

 “Applicants can get the form from all the Welfare Department offices, district offices, sub-district offices and the Resident office or just download the form from the ministry’s website,” she said in her speech after handing out assistance to 200 Chinese old folk from Kuching Division at the Sejambak Kasih Chinese New Year 2020 programme on Tuesday.

While highlighting the benefits of KGC, Fatimah added that the state government will always continue to provide assistance to the state’s senior citizens.

“With the special KGC card, members can get discounts, rebates and a free membership on goods and services offered by government agencies, private sectors and commercial sectors who are the strategic partners.

“The discounts are available in companies in the health services, pharmacies, optical shops, food and beverages outlets, retails, groceries and supermarkets, saloons and bus express transportation,” she added.

She also welcomed participants from corporate sectors and local political leaders and council authority to provide more choices of services to senior citizens.

“We are very honoured to receive assistance from SUPP and MBKS in helping the ministry to enhance this KGC programme.

“With KGC, we hope this can help to shape Sarawak as a caring society,” she said.

It is learnt that the endorsement of KGC programme was due to the increasing number of the ageing population in 2030.

In 2019 alone, Sarawak had about 327,000 senior citizens.

The figure, according to Fatimah, was 15 percent of the total population of 2.73 million in Sarawak.

On another note, Fatimah reminded Sarawakian mothers who are pregnant from 22 weeks onwards and those in their first six months of delivery to apply for the RM450 post-natal care incentive assistance, effective this year.

The post-natal care incentive can be applied through online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-zIEfR6JeMkw-R9K8XRWSZvmcglBljzytnvhF6V05U0TgQg/viewform.

For manual application, download the form at https://kwkpk.sarawak.gov.my/upload/file_folder/document(8).pdf.

The KGC form can be download at https://kwkpk.sarawak.gov.my/upload/file_folder/New%20borang%20KGC%20&%20BIK%20(KWKPK).pdf.

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