February deadline for welfare homes to register
Reaching out to more people
KUALA LUMPUR: Welfare homes and non-governmental organisations caring for the needy have until the end of the month to register with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.
“This will enable such homes to enjoy subsidies provided by the Government.
Season’s greetings: Dr Ng sharing a light moment with Lee Soon Mun, 84, from Rumah Victory during the Chinese New Year celebration with senior citizens at The Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur.
“Those registered will receive a daily subsidy of RM8 for each occupant for food and necessities as long as the homes fulfil the minimum requirements set out by the ministry,” said minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen.
She said the ministry would check on the condition of each home to ensure there was adequate infrastructure and that the premises were kept clean and not congested.
As for the number of underprivileged people receiving aid from the Social Welfare Department under ‘projek cari’ (search project), Dr Ng said the figure had increased from 16,739 to 40,000.
The project, launched last July, would continue to look for those deserving of help.
“The ministry also called up family members of senior citizens identified under the project.
“We advised the children to look after their aged parents as this is a duty the ministry is not able to undertake,” Dr Ng said at a Chinese New Year celebration with senior citizens hosted by the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
She handed out ang pows and hampers to 108 senior citizens from Rumah Charis, Rumah Victory, Rumah Sejahtera Seri Setia and Caring Old Folks Home.