Monday, September 15, 2008


RM100 monthly aid for poor children


Poor families with children aged 18 and below are eligible to apply for monthly aid of RM1 00 for each child from the Social Welfare Department. Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said however the amount is limited to a maximum ofRM45O for each family as provided for in Budget 2009. “The amount cannot exceed RM450. Let’s say a family has five children below the age of 18, we will only give them RM450 monthly,” she told reporters after visiting several old folks homes here yesterday. She hoped community leaders would begin identifying eligible families in their constituencies and inform the Ministry’s agencies as soon as possible because the approval process would take at least two months. Meanwhile, Dr Ng said that under the Budget, the Ministry has also allocated RM300 as monthly aid for childless senior citizens aged 60 and above. She said the disabled who earn less than RM 1,200 mont hly are also eligible to apply for RM100 monthly aid under the OKU (Orang Kurang Upaya or the disabled) Working Aid Scheme. “If they earn less than RM 1,200 monthly, they can apply for the aid and we will give them RM300 monthly. We want to encourage the OKU to work as hard as others and be independent. “This is productive welfare. If you do not work, I will not give even a single sen to you,” she said. Dr Ng said a family earning less than RM3,000 but has a disabled member who needs constant care could also apply for the OKU care aid. She said under the scheme, the family would he given RM300 monthly hut it could not utilise the money to hire a foreign helper.Bernama

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