JOHOR BARU: Government insurance initiative, mySalam, has been underutilised in Johor since it was first implemented last year.
This was revealed by Skudai assemblyman Tan Hong Pin at the new year countdown at Sutera Mall.
“Every one of you is either healthy or there is a lack of awareness about this scheme.
“Now that it includes those from the middle income bracket, the M40 group, I hope more people will utilise this scheme, ” he said.
The mySalam scheme is an initiative by the government to provide the less fortunate with financial assistance if they suffer from any one of 45 critical illnesses under coverage.
These illnesses are mainly cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers and polio, and those covered can receive a one-off payment of RM8,000.
Initially, the programme only covered those from the low income bracket, or B40 category.
The age of entitlement has also been raised to 65, from the initial 55.
The countdown party was organised by Tanah Sutera Development Sdn Bhd and saw some 8,000 people in attendance.
On a separate matter, Tan urged the public to come up with suggestions on how they want the public service allocations to be utilised.
“Residents, associations, non-governmental organisations and general public are welcome to voice their suggestions on my Facebook page, ” he said, adding that he wanted people to decide how the money would be used.
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