Proper explanation of welfare aid essential
By:Ma Chee Seng

SPAOH: Officers from the State Welfare Department are instructed to explain the different types of aid available and who are eligible to apply.

Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said that many longhouses, villages and settlement folks, especially those in rural areas, were still ignorant of the various welfare aid.

He said this when presenting the Sejambak Kasih Gawai 2022 aid to a group of 100 recipients from Betong Division in conjunction with the coming Gawai Dayak celebration at SMK Spaoh Hall today.

“Explain to them the eight categories of aid provided and who are qualified to apply for what and how.

“It is very sad when some of the applicants failed in their applications just because they had applied under the wrong categories,” Uggah pointed out.

He also said that the state government has a very inclusive social policy in helping the less fortunate members of society.

In his speech earlier, Deputy Minister for Women, Early Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Mohammad Razi Sitam said the government had set aside RM2.7 million in Gawai aid to 25,891 eligible persons statewide.

Razi said these included 2,102 in Betong Division where the government has set aside RM210,200 for the purpose.

On its monthly aid assistance, he said from January to April this year, the Welfare Department  had spent a sum of RM81 million to help 51,495 recipients statewide.

“For the Betong Division, we have  4,191 such recipients who had received RM6.6 million,” he added.

He explained there were eight categories of aid programmes available, including for the youth.

Each recipient of the Sejambak Kasih Gawai 2022 will receive cash RM100.00 plus RM80.00 worth of food hamper.

Also present at the event were Betong MP Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat and  a political secretary Dr Richard Rapu.

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