OVER 400 beneficiaries of deceased senior citizens in Seberang Prai received RM1,000 each from the Penang Government as part of its senior citizens’ appreciation programme.
Among the recipients, 290 were from the central Seberang Prai district while 115 recipients were from south Seberang Prai.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng gave away the funds to recipients from central Seberang Prai at the multi purpose hall in Taman Chai Leng near Butterworth on Sunday.
“This is a sincere appreciation reward for taking care of your parents until their last breath without sending them to welfare homes,” Lim said in his speech before the presentation.
“I appreciate your sacrifice in taking care of your parents who brought you up.”
He added that the RM1,000 could reduce their burden of the funeral expenses.
Lim said the presentation was in its second year and would be ongoing while Pakatan Rakyat ruled the state.
He said until May 31, 120,095 senior citizens had registered for the appreciation programme.
“The number of those who registered has been increasing, which reflects the support given by Penangites towards the programme.
“However, there are 13% of senior citizens in the state who have yet to register for the programme, and I urged them to do so,” said Lim.
Among those present were Deputy Chief Minister (I) Datuk Mansor Othman and (II) Dr P. Ramasamy, Senator Datuk Mustafa Kamal Mohd Yusoff and several state executive councillors and assemblymen.
Lim later presented similar funds to recipients in the south Seberang Prai district at the multi purpose hall in Jawi near Nibong Tebal.