Has RM2bil fund for mySalam been paid, asks Wee

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  • Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong wants clear answers from the government over the implementation of the mySalam medical protection scheme for the low and middle-income segments.

"Based on the minutes of the annual general meeting of Great Eastern Holdings April 2019 on their website, the chairman of Great Eastern Holding said that RM2bil in funds for the mySalam scheme had yet to be paid.

"Why has it not been paid and why has the Finance Ministry given Great Eastern Holdings exemption from 'divestment condition'?" asked Dr Wee in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Nov 20).

Dr Wee, who is Ayer Hitam MP, said he had raised the question in Parliament's Special Chambers on Tuesday (Nov 19) but was dismayed at the answer given by Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah.

"There was a failure to answer the important question.

"Instead it was an answer that beat around the bush and did not answer my questions, which I had asked in a direct manner," he said.

In his question, Dr Wee said the mySalam scheme was launched in January this year and was to have benefitted some 3.69 million beneficiaries under the Bantuan Sara Hidup programme.

Besides questioning the implementation of the scheme based on reports by an online news portal, Dr Wee also asked if the government had given access to personal data to the insurance company to market other insurance products.

Last month, he had raised the issue on the medical insurance scheme following several complaints by beneficiaries over difficulties in filing their mySalam claims.

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