FORMER Komtar assemblyman Datuk Lim Gim Soon (pic) has proposed that Penang’s annual aid under the senior citizens appreciation programme be increased from RM100 to RM500.
“The people of Penang are burdened with the current increase in assessment this year. It is timely to increase the aid to RM500.
“The state government should also do away with the requirement that the recipient must be a registered Penang voter.
“Some senior citizens are too old to register while some may live in villages located quite far away.
“It is unfair to have this requirement. A Penang address should be sufficient,” the Tanjong MCA division secretary told a press conference at the Penang MCA headquarters in Transfer Road on Tuesday.
Responding to this, state Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the annual aid of RM100 would be increased to RM1,000 if Pakatan took over Putrajaya.
“Lim has to understand state administrative procedures. The assessment collected is for the local councils and not for the state government,” he said.
On the requirement for recipients to be a registered Penang voter, Phee said it would enable the state to know if the person is an ‘anak Pulau Pinang’.
“If only a Penang address is needed, foreigners staying in a registered address in Penang would qualify too,” Phee said.