JOHOR BARU: The recent announcement of a RM150 increase in financial assistance from the Welfare Department (JKM) during the national Budget 2021 has been warmly received.
Those receiving aid from the department say they are pleased with a hike in their monthly financial assistance from RM350 to RM500.
L. Gubasekharan, 61, said hopefully, the recipients would not have to wait long to receive the RM500 as it could help to ease their burden.
“It is a good news for people like me as I will have some extra money in hand, ’’ he said.
Gubasekharan said he has no other source of income except the RM200 monthly aid from JKM of which RM150 goes to pay rent for his two-room Larkin flat.
The father of three children aged 26,35 and 38, is living with his 60-year old wife R. Anggama.
Gubasekharan, who is suffering from diabetes, left his last job as a parking attendant at Jalan Lumba Kuda area about 10 years ago.
“My wife and I do not want to depend on our children as they also have their own families to take care of, ’’ he said.
Another recipient Liew Foo Min, said she ensured that the RM350 received from the department since 2006 is put to good use.
The 73-year old said RM70 is put aside to pay for the one-room Larkin flat which she has been renting for the past three years.
“I’m now doing tailoring at my home to earn extra money, ’’ said Liew, who worked as a seamstress in Singapore for about 40 years.
She said she was lucky as she had no major health problems and exercises regularly with friends from the block to keep fit.
Widow K. Motorrmer said despite a hike in the monthly financial assistance to RM500 next year, she still had to be careful when spending money.
“I’m now using the money from JKM to pay the house rental, ’’ she said.
Motorrmer said she was lucky as the landlord had not raised the rent for the house in Bukit Tiram for the past 10 years. Rental for a similar house in the area was between RM500 and RM700.
The 73-year mother of six and grandmother of seven said she preferred to live on her own despite her children asking to stay with them.
“I’m happy living in Bukit Tiram as all my neighbours are very friendly and caring, ’’ said Motorrmer whose husband passed away about 24 years ago.
Single mother Nor Salesa Kamaruddin, 46, hopes that JKM would approve her application submitted this month for financial assistance.
“I’ve applied for monthly financial aid from Johor Baitulmal but it was not approved, ’’ she said.
Salesa, whose husband died about 10 years ago, is living at Desa Mutiara People’s Housing Project (PPR) with her 12-year old child.
“Yayasan Bandaraya Johor is paying the RM124 rent for my PPR unit and I’m now taking care of a neighbour’s child for which I get paid RM200, ’’ she said.
According to Johor women, family and community development committee chairman Zaiton Ismail there are about 48,000 people who received monthly financial aid from JKM in the state.
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