SOME 30 underprivileged people were enlightened on how to apply for aid during a dialogue session with the Welfare Department at the Bukit Mertajam MCA headquarters.
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said that because of the language barrier, many of them did not know how to apply for welfare aid or seek help from the authorities.
“Most of them here have never applied before while some who received aid previously did not know to reapply for the aid,” said Chew.
“Therefore, we’re here today to look into their family background and other factors that can help them get the aid,” she added,
The Penang MCA chairman also hoped the families of the 30 needy folk could do their bit.
“We also encourage those who can afford to care for their poor relatives to do so without relying on the Welfare Department.
“Often, there’s a misconception that anyone aged 60 and above will be automatically eligible for the aid,” she said.
At the end of the dialogue session, Chew handed over food hampers to the underprivileged at the office.
Also present were Penang MCA deputy chairman Tan Teik Cheng, its Public Service and Complaints Bureau head Gui Guat Lye and other MCA committee members.
In a press conference later, Chew expressed hope that trishaw pedallers in the state would be better taken care of.
“Many of them are homeless and they sleep in their trishaws.
“I’ve checked with the relevant authorities and there is no application to build a homeless shelter for this group of people,” she said.