Dr Wee: Iron out problems in mySalam B40 scheme before extending to M40 group

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  • Sunday, 16 Feb 2020

PETALING JAYA: Things must be made right under the mySalam coverage for the B40 group before the Government rolls out protection to the M40 group, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).

The MCA president said there have been many questions about the scheme for the B40 group still left unanswered by the Finance Ministry although he has brought it up many times on various platforms.

"(Finance Minister) Lim Guan Eng's supporters, including DAP lawmakers have criticised me that I do not care about the welfare of the M40 group.

"I understand that it is done for their political survival.

"However, if you want to criticise me, please present facts and not mere rhetoric statements," said the Ayer Hitam MP in a Facebook posting on Saturday (Feb 16).

Dr Wee said he has raised issues on the weaknesses surrounding the mySalam scheme many times in the Dewan Rakyat as well as on Facebook.

However, Dr Wee said his questions still remain unanswered by Lim and the Pakatan Harapan government.

Summarising the scheme as a "failed project" in providing insurance coverage to the B40 group, Dr Wee questioned why the government had not carved out a special payment scheme to benefit the group.

Citing an example, Dr Wee said if a patient from the B40 group fractures his or her left leg, the patient is unable to claim the RM8,000 payment, unless the patient fractures the other hand or leg.

"This is laughable.

"Can't (the ministry) create a special payment scheme to benefit the B40 group?" questioned Dr Wee.

He said if mySalam was indeed aimed at helping the B40 group, then those who fractured either one of their legs or hands should also be eligible to receive the RM8,000 aid.

"If they fractured only one hand or leg, what is wrong in giving them a lesser sum compared to those who have fractured both their hands or legs," he added.

Dr Wee also said that from the data announced by Lim, only RM13.7mil or 3.4% of the RM400mil allocated for mySalam has been utilised by B40 patients in 2019.

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