No aid for welfare recipients after being self-dependent, says Chew

Lending a hand: Chew (centre) presenting aid to a flood victim in Kampung Baru Mentakab.

RAUB: Not all single parents are automatically entitled to welfare aid, Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said.

Chew said there were several criteria which needed to be adhered to before they were qualified for financial assistance.

“One of the main criteria is the household income must be below RM720 a month. “However, if the single parent has more than two children, special consideration will be given in terms of eligibility,” she said during a gathering to give out assistance to the needy organised by Raub MCA division here.

Chew, said those who qualified must register with the Welfare Department and produce documented proof of their family background.

She said it was the intention of the Government to provide assistance but did not encourage them to keep receiving aid for life.

“That is why we introduced various initiatives such as 1Azam so that they could earn a living with their own expertise and be self-dependent.

“In some cases, we found there were recipients who have gotten well financially but continue to receive welfare aid,” she said.

Chew added that in Raub alone, there were 1,805 people registered with the Welfare Department involving a payout of RM494,550 a month from the Government.

Later, Chew attended an event in Kampung Baru Mentakab and presented aid to 38 poor floods victims contributed by two organisations - United Commerce of Women Association and Umatrin.

So far, both organisations have chipped in RM120,000 for the Crisis Relief Squad of MCA (CRSM).

Chew expressed gratitude to both firms and other generous donors who have contributed to CRSM to lessen the burden of affected flood victims.

She said since CRSM was set up in 2005, various initiatives had been carried out to assist the people in distress.

“CRSM personnel acted promptly on the ground recently due to experiences from previous floods situations,” she said, adding that besides helping to raise funds, various initiatives were done such as distribution of floods aid, cleaning up exercises, gotong-royong, blood donation and school uniforms giveaway campaigns.

Records from the Welfare Department showed some 400 people from the community affected by the recent floods have registered for aid in the three east coast states.

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