Pantai Damai rep to look into OKU assistance

Dr Abdul Rahman (right) placing the Rural Minor Project plaque on Zalia's house while Zalia (left) and Kampung Pasir Pandak Deputy JKKK Nazri Ili (centre) look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Pantai Damai assemblyman Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi will follow up on the stoppage of monthly assistance for the disabled (OKU) with the Social Welfare Department (JKM).

He said he recently visited two community-based rehabilitation centres (PDK) in his constituency — PDK Wawasan Harapan, Kampung Buntal and PDK Satu Sinar Malaysia, Kuching Family Park.

“Following my visit to the Kampung Buntal PDK in July, I was informed that the monthly assistance for the PDK trainees had been cut since March this year, drawing complaints from parents.

“Therefore, I will make a follow-up visit to seek clarification from the JKM regarding this matter,” he told the press after visiting the home of Zaliah Ulis at Kampung Pasir Pandak here on Monday (Nov 16).

Zaliah’s house had undergone repairs through the Home Improvement Programme for Sarawak’s Poor (PPRMS), with work starting from Oct 13 to 23 this year.

Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also Assistant Utilities (Water Supply) Minister and Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Commission), opined that the monthly assistance should be continued as usual.

“I took note that there are factors such as the Covid-19 pandemic that led the PDK to limit the qualifications for entry of trainees to only those from low risk groups, etc.

“However, the assistance should be continued by the JKM nevertheless.”

Zaliah with her five-year-old daughter Nur Shafaraziah Abdullah. Photo: Ramidi Subari

On another note, Zaliah told reporters that her five-year-old daughter, Nuri Shafaraziah Abdullah, was diagnosed with Hurler syndrome, a rare lysosomal storage disease.

“My daughter receives welfare assistance of RM150 monthly, but it was cut earlier this year with the reason that my daughter had started schooling and receiving assistance from the school.

“We have to go to Sarawak General Hospital once a week for my daughter’s treatment and the cost could go up to RM1,800 a month.”

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