Sarawak govt to continue with initiatives for newborns, new mothers and the elderly in 2021

KUCHING: The Sarawak government will continue to implement various initiatives for newborns, senior citizens and postnatal care for mothers this year, says Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah (pic).

The state Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister said some 53,209 newborn Sarawakians had received RM1,000 under the state's endowment fund since its implementation in 2019.

The one-off incentive which can only be withdrawn when the child turns 18 is meant for their further education or to help them start a career.

Fatimah also said that 23,564 mothers had received postnatal care assistance of RM450 since it was introduced last year.

She added that 169,473 senior citizens had applied for the Kenyalang Gold Card introduced last year, which enables them to enjoy rebates or discounts from its strategic partners throughout Sarawak.

"In addition, 1,568 beneficiaries or next-of-kin of deceased Kenyalang Gold Card holders have received compassionate assistance of RM3,000 to cover funeral expenses," she said in a statement on Monday (Jan 11).

"Because of its strong financial standing, the Sarawak government will continue to provide all this assistance to eligible Sarawakians."

Fatimah said other initiatives under her ministry to be continued this year included the RM5,000 special annual grant for childcare centres and kindergartens.

She said 5,826 registered childcare institutions had received the grant since it was introduced in 2019.

Eligible kidney disease patients will also continue to receive financial assistance for dialysis and other treatment, while single mothers and B40 mothers registered under e-Kasih will receive i-Suri contributions to enable them to be registered for the Employees Provident Fund's (EPF) i-Suri incentive.

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