Sim (second right) and Lau (right) with their daughter-in-law Catherine Kena (left) and their son Sim Book Kiak.

KUCHING: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) staff and councillors, including Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng, were at KMC Flats, Jalan Padungan here to assist senior citizens to apply for their Kenyalang Gold Card.

The card, an initiative by the Sarawak government through Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry, allows Sarawakians aged 60 and above to enjoy special discounts and privileges at selected food outlets, retail stores and a host of other services.

Application began on Wednesday, and yesterday, New Sarawak Tribune spoke with some of the applicants at KMC Flats for their feedback.

Sim (second right) and Lau (right) with their daughter-in-law Catherine Kena (left) and their son Sim Book Kiak.

Sim Lian Seng, 83, opined that the card offered many benefits. “When I heard that we could get discounts and rebates, I feel happy and proud of the state government.”

His wife Lau Kheng Ngo, 72, said she was delighted to hear that the card could be used to buy groceries, and other necessities for the elderly.

Sulon Mapek.

Sulon Mapek, 66, shared the same opinion. “Most of the senior citizens are pensioners, so I believe this card can help many senior citizens.”

Leelit Hung, 73, hoped that the card could be used at almost all the shops in Kuching, although she was still satisfied with the current number of selected vendors.

“As long as we (senior citizens) can use the card to get benefits, it is already more than enough,” she said.

Minong Aki, 74, thanked MBKS for reaching out to the tenants.

Minong (left) and her daughter Alice.

“Truthfully, at first I did not know what Kenyalang Gold Card is and what its benefits are.

“I am glad that the staff of MBKS came and explained to us or else we would’ve missed out,” she said.

Kenyalang Gold Card will be officially launched on March 7 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.