MIRI: About 300,000 senior citizens in Sarawak aged 60 and above have started applying for the Kenyalang gold card.
The card will provide them with privileges such as special discounts at selected food outlets, retail stores and for various other services.
State Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the application forms for the gold card was available statewide.
“The application process is officially open.
“My ministry has given the forms to all district offices, residents office and welfare department offices throughout Sarawak.
“Sarawakians aged 60 and above qualify for this card that will give them special privileges from selected retail and service vendors.
“Senior citizens using the gold card will get rebates and discounts.
“There are about 300,000 Sarawakians aged 60 and above now. That number will reach about 520,000 by 2030, ” Fatimah said.
She said it would take about one month for her ministry to process and issue the gold card.
This gold card project by her ministry is to show gratitude and respect for aged folks who had contributed to nation-building, she said after giving out Chinese New Year goodies to poor and handicapped folks at the Dynasty Hotel here.
Fatimah praised the hotel for its annual projects to give festive food and goodies to the needy in Miri.She said the hotel was doing a good job every year by liaising with the Welfare Department to help the less fortunate.
Dynasty Hotel managing director Tony Pui said the hotel had over the past 20 years been giving food and festive goodies during every Chinese New Year, Gawai Dayak and Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
“This is one way we give back to the community in Miri, ” he said.
Fatimah urged other hotels and private companies to help the needy in society.
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