Social protection plan to benefit B40 folk, state assembly told

THE state government is coming up with an initiative to safeguard the well-being of Johor’s people, specifically the low-income group.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the state was working closely with Wakaf An-Nur, the social responsibility arm of Johor Corporation, and KPJ Healthcare Bhd to draft the initiative.

“It will benefit people with the ‘Kad Sihat Johor’ as well as others who may not be listed under the initiative,” he said in his speech yesterday during the state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail at Kota Iskandar.

Hasni said creating an effective system for social protection could take a long time to achieve.

“Two important elements for the success of this initiative are data and financial sources, which need to be updated and refined from time to time,” he stressed.

Hasni said the state government was also committed to achieving its mission to develop a green economy and protect the environment through the Johor Green Deal initiative.

“Johor is the only state in the country that is coming up with the Green Deal, as announced under the state Budget 2022.

“The Johor Green Deal is an action plan that can further empower the green economy development agenda and environmental sustainability in the country,” he added.

On a separate matter, Johor health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said the state government was looking into updating the facilities and infrastructure of Tangkak Hospital to reduce congestion.

He said the hospital was behind times as it was built before the area was established as a district.

“I visited the hospital and found that the facilities and infrastructure are outdated compared to hospitals in other districts.

“Hospitals in each district in Johor need to be of a certain standard.”

Vidyananthan said Tangkak Hospital was among medical institutions in the state that had been listed for upgrade.

He said this in response to a question from Ee Chin Lin (PH-Tangkak), who asked whether Tangkak Hospital would be upgraded from the current 69-bed capacity.

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