Don’t change for the sake of change

Fatimah (left) presents a KGC to Blikau.

KUCHING: The people have been urged not to choose change for the sake of changing the present government.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Women chief Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said in the case of Sarawak, the state government has done so much to assist the people before as well as at this difficult time of Covid-19.

“Despite facing economic challenges caused by Covid-19, the state government has continued to roll out six packages of the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) aid.

“Apart from that, other assistance such as the RM1,000 Endowment Fund Sarawak (EFS) and other welfare assistance are still being channelled to the recipients.

“So, why choose change for the sake of changing, but why not choose something that is proven where we can see in front of us in terms of when we are facing the pandemic, all sorts of government assistance are being channelled to the people,” she said when officiating at the opening of the new Song Senior Citizen Activity Centre (PAWE) and Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) and Death Compassionate Assistance (BIK) handover ceremony in Song yesterday (July 30).

She acknowledged that there might not be a perfect government and certainly there were weaknesses, but reminded that the present government would continuously improve its service for the benefit of the people.

“We will continue and be committed to giving our best service for the wellbeing of our people,” she said.

The Dalat assemblywoman said that as such it was her duty and that of other leaders to ensure that no one was left out from receiving much-needed aid.

At the function, Fatimah, who is also Welfare, Community, Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister commended the success of the new PAWE Song, which moved from its old location to its new premises in the district.

She said currently, there were 13 PAWE statewide with 18,688 members.

“It is hoped that this centre will continue to be active in carrying out suitable activities for the benefit, good health and overall wellbeing of the senior citizens,” he said.

She added that the success of every PAWE lies within its chairman and the committee members.

The function also witnessed the handover of the KGC to Katibas assemblyman Datuk Ambrose Blikau Enturan and his wife Datin Marie Therese Malthias.

In addition, a total of 124 KGC was also presented to 12 community village chiefs from Song who will distribute it to the respective recipients.

Meanwhile, six more companies in Kapit have joined as KGC’s strategic partners.

Fatimah also presented the BIK worth RM3,000 each to five KGC heirs and a government grant of RM10,000 each to PAWE Song and Community Rehabilitation Centre (PPDK) Song.