Fatimah(centre) with one of the gift recipients.

MIRI: Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry hopes that more organisations would become its strategic partners in providing facilities or benefits to Kenyalang Gold Card holders.

“Currently we have 24 strategic partnerships for the programme state-wide, and we are hoping for more,” said the minister, Datuk Sri Fatimah Abdullah on Wednesday.

She pointed out that this was part of efforts to create a caring society through getting the young to help the elderly.

Kenyalang Gold Card is one of many initiatives implemented by the Sarawak government in addition to the Endowment Fund Sarawak (EFS) and the 450-ringgit vouchers for new mothers.

“We want many public and private organisations to join in the programme so that our senior citizens (the Kenyalang Gold Card holders) would get benefits that include price discounts for goods and services,” said Fatimah.

Fatimah also urged those aged 60 and above to apply for a card.

“The forms can be obtained from the District Office, Welfare Department’s office and Resident’s office. They are free of charge,” she said.

The cards would be issued within one month after the submission of the application forms.

Fatimah (centre) hands over a ‘Sejambak Kasih Chinese New Year 2020’ gift.

She said this on Wednesday at the presentation of ‘Sejambak Kasih Chinese New Year 2020″ goodies to 150 of the 680 attendees at Dynasty Hotel Miri. State-wide there are a total of 7,318 recipients.

Also present at the gathering were Dynasty Hotel managing director Tony Pui and Temenggong Elizabeth Ding.