State govt launches 'Prihatin Perak Card' for the needy


IPOH: The Perak government has launched the "Prihatin Perak Card" which allows people to pay for daily goods and medical treatment.

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu (pic) said the card would enable those eligible to spend RM80 on goods at selected shops monthly and RM300 for treatment  at panel clinics annually.

"Cardholders can buy a variety of basic items like diapers for infants and adult, detergent and toiletries.

"They can also buy school supplies such as shoes, uniforms, books and stationery," he said in his speech during the launching of the card at the state secretariat building on Wednesday (April 10).

"All these items are available at 169 selected chain stores throughout Perak.

"They can visit our website at www.perakprihatin.com to get the full list of selected chain stores and clinics," he added.

According to reports, the state announced the initiative during the tabling of the state budget in November last year and some RM22mil was allocated for it.

Ahmad Faizal said the card was part of Pakatan Harapan's manifesto pledge to help the needy.

"It is our commitment to help the poor in this state. We want them to get out of the poverty cycle.

"We have carefully selected these recipients who also receive aid from state Welfare Department and state Islamic Religious and Malay Custom Council (MAIPk)," he said.

"We are aware that there are more eligible recipients but could only limit it to the selected 17,000 Perakians.

"We will work harder to increase our revenue so that we can continue to help those who are in need," he added.