KUCHING: Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng has praised the Sarawak government for coming up with an excellent initiative such as Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC).

“I’m happy that the state government and the ministry not only assist children but have also extended their help to the elderly as well,” he said, referring to Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry.

Wee and MBKS staff, including councillors, were at KMC Flats, Jalan Padungan here to assist senior citizens apply for the card yesterday.

“We already have the names of the tenants in KMC Flats…about 150 to 200 of them are eligible for the card.

Wee (third left), along with other MBKS staff, helping a tenant to apply for the card.

“The reason why we chose KMC Flats was (and not just because it’s under MBKS) also to ensure that they (tenants) know about the beneficial policies established (by the state government),” he said.

Wee hoped that by MBKS doing this, elderly tenants would not be left out and that they would get to enjoy the benefits that came with the card.

He encouraged those who are eligible to approach MBKS if they needed any assistance.

“Forms are available at the office and also at our one-stop centre, and MBKS will help send them to the ministry,” the mayor added.

Kenyalang Gold Card allows Sarawakians aged 60 and above to enjoy special discounts and privileges at selected food outlets, retail stores and other services. Application began on Wednesday.