Elderly stock up on groceries thanks to S’gor voucher scheme

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 26 Sep 2019

Ng (centre) and his wife Lim presenting protective masks to shoppers at BK5 Giant hypermarket.

A GROUP of elderly and disabled people born in the month of September got to spend RM100 shopping vouchers which they received under the Selangor government’s Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE).

The 280 recipients, whose names were listed under Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas), collected the vouchers and proceeded to shop at BK5 Giant Hypermarket in Puchong.

Under the scheme, those aged 60 and above and are in the foundation’s list are eligible for financial aid in their birthday month.

Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han said the shopping vouchers were a form of appreciation for the people who helped support the development of the state.

Between September and December, the state government has allocated RM6mil for SMUE Jom Shopping voucher programme.

“I am really happy to have received the voucher in my birthday month. I get to buy the household items I need,” said Ng Lal Choon, 78.

“Earlier, we were informed that the voucher would be given for Hari Raya Aidilfitri but at such a time, it will surely be crowded,” said Mat Saad Sharif, 67.

His wife, Jaliah Yusop, 67, said the money came in handy for daily groceries as they did not have an income any more.

“It is a good way to help because some of the elderly people do not have anyone to rely on. Little things like this are a big thing to us,” said Helen Pathimah Arulsamy, 65, who was a kindergarten teacher for 15 years.

A birthday celebration was also held for the September babies at the hypermarket where cakes and mooncakes were served.

Ng’s wife, Lim Bee Eng, was also present and joined in to hand out 1,250 pieces of three-ply face masks to the elderly recipients and other shoppers at the hypermarket as protection from the haze.

The SMUE programme has so far benefitted a total of 317,932 people in the state.

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