NUSAJAYA: The Johor Welfare Department officials have been urged to be more proactive in identifying impoverished families in the state.
Datuk Adam Sumiru (BN – Tanjung Puteri) chided the officials, claiming that they preferred to spend time in the office instead of going to the ground to help the poor.
“You have to go out looking for these people and not just sit on the sixth floor of the department’s building,” he said during the state assembly meeting yesterday.
Adam said that hardcore poor families were eligible to receive monthly financial assistance but many did not get it as the department had failed to identify the target groups.
He also wanted to know why those already receiving the monthly financial assistance from the department were de-listed after receiving aid from the Social Security Organisation (Socso).
Women and Family Affairs exco Asiah Md Ariff said that the department would attend to cases of poor families only if it received reports on them.
“We hope that if any of our representatives know of such cases in their areas, they would please forward them to us.
“We will then be able to take the necessary action,”she said.
She said that in order for them to receive the assistance, the family household income should not exceed RM720 a month based on the national figures for the peninsula.
Asiah said that from January to August, the Federal Government had allocated RM99mil for 45,547 recipients in Johor and the state government had disbursed RM5mil to 5,300 recipients in Johor.
The assembly was also told that the Government plans to open at least one Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) in all parliamentary seats in the state within the next five years.
State Domestic Trade and Consumerism exco Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said that presently, there were 10 KR1M in Johor, where consumers could buy items at prices which were 50% cheaper than those sold in supermarkets.
State Opposition leader Dr Boo Cheng Hau called for A. Aziz Ismail (BN – Senggarang) to apologise to pig farmers for bringing up the Johor Ruler in his debate, when he said that the Sultan may get a whiff of the dirty pig farms while travelling across the state during his annual Kembara Mahkota programme.
Dr Boo stood up during Aziz’s speech, noting that under the regulations, it was not permitted for assemblymen to bring up the name of state rulers during the sitting.
“Aziz was complaining about the filthy state of pig farms in his area and the stench that they emit.
“Of course, this is a valid point which should be dealt with by the authorities concerned, but Aziz also said that he was afraid that the Johor Ruler may accidentally get a whiff of the “pig smell” when he visits the area during his Kembara Mahkota,” he told reporters later.
In response, Dr Boo said that Aziz had no right to use the Johor Ruler’s name as part of his argument.
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