A TOTAL of 207,452 senior citizens in Sarawak have applied for the Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) as at June 30.
The applications, made to the Sarawak Welfare Department (JKMS), have been coming in since last year.
Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said this after presenting plaques and stickers to two new participating merchants in Sibu.
The two merchants are Fortune Supreme Food Supply Sdn Bhd and De House Hotel – bringing the number of merchants in Sibu to four.
She said of the number, 11,592 KGC applications were received between January and June 30.
“JKMS also received 1,845 applications for death benefits from January to June 30, and 1,406 applications were approved,” she said.
The death benefits payment would assist the cardholder’s family to arrange for funeral services, she said.
KGC’s benefits are complemented by services in the form of discounts or rebates for goods and services offered by private parties and commercial centres that are KGC’s strategic partners.
These include those involved in health (medicine, rehabilitation and pharmacy), public transport, necessities (groceries, clothes, shoes, optics, personal care – reflexology, massage and spa, manicure and pedicure, hairdressing) as well as theme parks and recreation.
She said KGC’s objective was to improve the well-being and welfare of the elderly in Sarawak by making these benefits available to them.
Such initiatives, she added, would encourage people to give back to society and help create a caring community.
Fatimah said more merchants were welcome to participate in the programme.
“Kuching has the most number of merchants. There are also merchants in Miri and Sibu who are offering discounts to senior citizens aged 60 and above.
“We are looking for more businesses to participate in the programme,” she added.