Be a registered voter in the area you are seeking welfare aid, reminds Guan Eng

(BRIEF CAPTION) Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng taking to the press at Penang Digital Library II at Jalan Masjid Negeri In George Town,Penang. Pic by: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star / 1 June 2019.

BUTTERWORTH (Bernama): Those applying for welfare aid need to ensure they are registered voters in the constituency they are seeking help from, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

The Bagan MP said his constituency service centre has been facing difficult situations where individuals seeking aid have been found not to be registered voters there.

"There are many (welfare aid) applications on my table but strangely many of the applicants are not even registered voters here.

"As a government, we care for those facing economic difficulties or health problems but please ensure you are a voter in the constituency first as this is a Federal (Government) requirement.

"Applicants cannot cross into another constituency to seek help,” Lim said in his speech at a breaking of fast ceremony with locals at the Kampung Sungai Nyior surau here Sunday (June 2).

At the same time, Lim reminded the people, especially those in the B40 group, to apply for the mySalam Health Protection Scheme which covers 36 critical illnesses.

This initiative is aimed at helping the underprivileged have access to healthcare services, he said, adding that the Government is fully aware that there are families out there who cannot afford health insurance. 

The Government is now drafting a new scheme that prior to this has never been implemented in Malaysia or even in South-East Asia, he said, without giving further details. - Bernama

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