Blind masseurs get state grant

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah (centre) presents a grant to one of the recipients at the presentation of grants to Society for the Blind in Malaysia Sarawak (SBM) branch at Queen Tower, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: About 18 premises owned by blind masseurs benefited from the 2020 grant given to volunteer welfare bodies (PSK).

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said a grant totaling RM20,000 was given to the Society for the Blind Malaysia (SBM), Sarawak branch.

“The grant is to help cover the costs and activities carried out by PSK in addition to further strengthening PSK activities related to welfare.

“I would like to praise the efforts by SBM for completing the paperwork in order to get the grant, and I congratulate them on getting approval from the government,” Fatimah said during the grant presentation ceremony today.

The total allocation for 2020 was increased to RM3mil, double the amount from the previous years, and had benefitted 212 PSK all over Sarawak.

“For 2021, the allocation given remains at RM3mil and each application from PSK will be considered for the committee’s approval.

“I would like to remind SBM and non-governmental organisations to apply for this year’s grant. The approval will be based on the impact of programmes and activities.”

From January to December 2020, Sarawak Social Welfare Department channelled RM176,351,740 to 52,785 aid recipients statewide.