Fatimah (standing fourth left), Dr Hazland (standing third left), Noriah (standing left), Mohamad Guntur (standing second left), Caroline (standing fifth left), recipients and others posing for a photograph at the Kembara Prihatin Negara programme at Kampung Tabuan Melayu, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The Kembara Prihatin Negara 2020, organised by the Sarawak Social Welfare Department (JKMS) in collaboration with the state government, was launched at Kampung Tabuan Melayu today.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah flagged off the convoy, comprising vehicles from the department.

The vehicles will travel the length and breadth of the state, primarily to channel out assistance for those who are badly affected during the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the event, 17 residents from four villages, namely Kampung Tabuan Lot, Kampung Tabuan Hilir, Kampung Tabuan Melayu and Kampung Tabuan Tengah also received assistance including entrepreneur grants, cash and daily necessities.

Fatimah also presented Kenyalang Gold Cards to village chiefs from each village.

JKMS also presented disabled community identification cards (OKU cards) to four recipients as well as seven recipients under the Kembara Prihatin Negara, while four women entrepreneurs received business grants from the Sarawak Women and Family Development (JWKS) amounting to RM2,000 as revolving capital.

Also present at the event were Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, JWKS director Noriah Ahmad, JKMS acting director Mohamad Guntur Rajaee and KWKPK acting permanent secretary Caroline Cleophas Joseph.