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SIBU, July 14: The State Social Welfare Department (JKMS) has received a total of 207,452 applications for Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) as of June 30.
Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah in saying this after presenting plaques and stickers to two new participating merchants today that of the number, a total of 11,592 KGC applications were received from January to 30 June 2021.
The two merchants are Fortune Supreme Food Supply Sdn Bhd and De House Hotel. This brings the number of KGC participating merchants here to four.
“JKMS has also received a total of 1,845 applications for death benefit from January to 30 June 2021 and a total of 1,406 applications was approved,” she said.
The death benefit, she explained, is to assist the family of the card holder to arrange for funeral service.
The objective of KGC, Fatimah said, is to improve the well-being and welfare of senior citizens in Sarawak through the provision of facilities and benefits in the form of discounts, rebates and other facilities from various organisations and commercial sectors and also create a caring society as well as give back to society.
KGC’s privileges are complemented by facilities in the form of discounts/rebates for goods and services offered by private parties and commercial centres that are KGC’s strategic partners. The partners include those in the field of health (medicine, rehabilitation and pharmacy), public transport, necessities (including groceries, clothes, shoes, optics, personal care such as reflexology, massage and spa, manicure/ pedicure, and hairdressing) and theme parks and recreation.
Fatimah said her ministry was also looking for more participating merchants here.
“Kuching has the most merchants. There are also merchants in Miri and Sibu who are offering discounts to senior citizens aged 60 and above. But we are looking for more businesses to participate,” she added. — DayakDaily