Fatimah (right) with Dr Hazland Abang Hipni (second right), Datuk Henry Harry Jinep (fifth left), Datuk Ibrahim Baki (third right) and other representatives shows off the Kenyalang Gold Card. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: A total of 3,595 Kenyalang Gold Cards (KGCs) was distributed to applicants in 14 state constituencies here today by the Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry at Baitul Makmur building. 

“The number of cards for each district is as follows — Opar (79), Tasik Biru (438), Tanjung Datu (20), Pantai Damai (306), Demak Laut (304), Tupong (376), Samariang (305), Satok (226), Padungan (290), Pending (369), Batu Lintang (305), Kota Sentosa (258), Batu Kitang (160) and Batu Kawa (159).

“The number of applications we received manually as of July 31 this year is 161,761 applications while the number of online applications from May is 8,089.

“From the applications, 100,903 cards were printed. So far, 16,964 cards have been distributed,” she added.

Fatimah said a catch-up plan had also been initiated to carry out the work that was delayed due to the movement control order (MCO) in March.

“Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a team from the ministry, Socoe (Social Community Technology Sdn Bhd) and the welfare worked to make sure that some of the delayed work could be done so the cards could be distributed today,” she said.

KGC provides privileges in the form of discounts/rebates or free fees for goods and services offered by government agencies, private parties and commercial centres.

KGC has 89 strategic partners in Sarawak as of July 14.

The strategic partners vary in different cities — there are 46 in Kuching, four in Samarahan, two in Serian, one each in Sri Aman and Betong, five in Sibu, six in Bintulu, 11 in Limbang and 13 in Miri. 

“The KGC aims to improve the welfare of senior citizens living in Sarawak,” said Fatimah.

Earlier, she presented a box of KGC each to Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Jinep, Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, Satok assemblyman representative and deputy head of PBB Satok Branch Datuk Ibrahim Baki, Samariang assemblyman representative Datuk Seri Aziz Ahmad Masri and representatives of other assemblymen.