KUANTAN: Senior Chinese citizens aged 70 and above have reason to cheer as the state government will continue with the practice of giving out red packets.
Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the tradition to give out a one-off token sum would continue this year ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
“This is the ninth year and this token sum is to help lessen the burden of the old folks and not to seek political mileage.
“Only the sum will be decided later depending on our financial capabilities,” he said, adding that the bracket amount would be between RM50 and RM200.
In previous years, senior citizens aged 70 and above received RM150 each during the festive season.
Adnan announced the good news while launching the 50th anniversary of Pahang State Development Corporation (PKNP) near here.
Also present were state secretary Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian Ismail and PKNP chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohd Ali.
Adnan said the state government was genuine in wanting to express its appreciation to senior residents who have contributed much to nation-building during their heydays.
He said once the details had been sorted out, those who qualified for the payment would need to register themselves with the relevant authorities before disbursement.
On a separate matter, Adnan said notices to hold an urgent meeting with 106 mining operators have been sent out.
He said the meeting was to discuss with them on ways to reduce pollution along roads during transportation of mining products such as bauxite.
“We have received numerous complaints from the public that roads were polluted in Gebeng industrial area and Kuantan Port.
“Mining operators must come up with ways to clean up and prevent such problems detrimental to public health and investors interests,” he said, adding that representatives from the police, Road Transport Department and Public Land Transport Commission would be present for a dialogue.
Adnan said the operators would be given a grace period of about one week to take remedial action before enforcement activities were carried out by the authorities.
On PKNP, he commended the corporation and that it would continue to build affordable houses for all.
Adnan urged bumiputeras to emulate their Chinese counterparts by adopting a change in attitude and work harder to strive for success.
Citing an example, he said Chinese developers would raise money to buy land and built houses to make profits while Malay developers would rather wait for free land to be developed.