Be fair to single seniors in distribution of aid funds


I AM writing on behalf of single senior citizens in Malaysia who have not received just consideration from the government in the distribution of financial assistance.

Senior citizens who are single, myself included, have not been paid the same amount of Special Covid-19 Aid or Bantuan Khas Covid-19 (BKC) as our counterparts who are married and are considered as families.

The latter received two payments of RM500 (altogether RM1,000) plus another RM100 in late September 2021.

Pensioners who are single received only RM200 at the beginning of September.

The BKC payout has been badly executed, resulting in a big disparity of income between one group and another. It’s obvious that using B40 as a criterion perpetuates injustice in the distribution of government funds.

I receive a monthly pension of RM1,060. From this amount, I have to pay rental for my accommodation, utility bills, food and also vitamin supplements. I am 75.

Times have been extremely difficult since the Covid-19 pandemic struck Malaysia. Senior citizens like me have learnt to treasure every bit of financial assistance given to us by the government.

However, we would like the government to be fair to everyone in the country, irrespective of race or religion, when funds are disbursed.

Giving us a fair share of what others receive would be an equitable way to distribute government funds in these difficult times. Pensioners, especially those in their twilight years, need more attention and care from the government.

RETIREE

Melaka

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