Dr Abdul Rahman (second left) presents a KGC to a recipient.

KUCHING: The Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) is more than just a card. It is a commitment by the state government to take care of the welfare of the elderly in Sarawak.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Commission) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said KGC was an appreciation to senior citizens who had worked together to develop the state.

He added that KGC was proof that focus was also given to those aged 60 and above in Sarawak.

“It (KGC) is a manifestation of the Sarawak government’s efforts in looking after the welfare of the community regardless of age and background.

“The Sarawak government under the leadership of Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is always concerned about the current needs of the community,” he said.

Dr Abdul Rahman was speaking during the presentation of KGC to several senior citizens from Pantai Damai constituency yesterday.

According to the assistant minister, a total of RM24.4 million had been allocated to KGC, benefitting almost 16 percent of Sarawakians or 530,000 senior citizens aged 60 and above.

Among the benefits enjoyed by the cardholders are discounted costs for treatment at clinics and hospitals, flight and public transport, insurance coverage, as well as death benefit assistance amounting to RM3,000.

Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also Pantai Damai assemblyman, said KGC cardholders would also enjoy discounts for treatment, purchase of pharmaceutical drugs and shopping.

“We are aware that most senior citizens are no longer working and this card can also ease their burden,” he said.

He thanked the Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Child Development Ministry for the initiative.

A total of 304 senior citizens in the Pantai Damai constituency received their KGC card at the event.