Lightening the burden of low-income mothers


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 27 May 2019

The women receiving the smart Kida cards under the Kasih Ibu Darul Aman programme at the launch in Sik.—Bernama

A TOTAL of 4,511 low-income mothers in Kedah received special financial assistance to buy necessities and to seek medical help through the Kasih Ibu Darul Aman (Kida) programme.

Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said the selected recipients would be given RM250 a month to buy necessities and RM500 a year for family healthcare expenses.

“Kida’s main objective is to cover the cost of living for poor and hardcore poor mothers in this state.

“The Federal Government through the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) has allocated RM30mil to conduct Kida programmes for this year,” he told reporters after launching the programme in Sik, Kedah.

Mukhriz presenting the Kida card to Nor Anita Sudin.
Mukhriz presenting the Kida card to Nor Anita Sudin.

Mukhriz said each needy mother selected via the eKasih system would be given a RM250 Kida card a month to buy items at 100 grocery stores.

They will also receive a RM500 Kida card a year for family healthcare expenses at 78 clinics registered under the programme.

“This cashless smart card can only can be used for purchasing items at retail stores and to seek medical aid at private clinics appointed by the state government.

“We expect the number of recipients to increase after the launch but we will only select those who are really eligible.

“Besides, Kida’s list of recipients will be reviewed annually to consider the eligibility of each recipient,” he said.

(From left) Normadia Wati, 41, and Juriah Hanafi, 60, showing their Kida cards.
(From left) Normadia Wati, 41, and Juriah Hanafi, 60, showing their Kida cards.

In order to ensure holistic poverty eradication, Mukhriz said that NCIA would also introduce human capital development and entrepreneur-ship programmes including the ‘EmpowerNCER@ Kedah’ and ‘Entrepreneur @ Kedah’ programmes.

“These programmes are expected to help increase the household income of Kida recipient families by providing skills and entrepreneurial training.

‘The aim is to help the women and especially their children to break free from the clutches of poverty,” he said. — Bernama

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