By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Nov 28: The Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry is in the midst of digitalising all its major services into an online application called i-KWKPK.
Its Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the application will include all major services offered by the ministry such as Kenyalang Gold Card, Endowment Fund Sarawak (EFS), e-PRENEURS shop, Post Natal Care registration and Kindergarten Registration.
“We are looking into improving the efficiency of our delivery system through digitalisation. It will not only be a effective, easy, efficient system but there will also be precision and security,” said Fatimah at a press conference at the ministry’s office today.
She said the ministry will seek cabinet approval for the app.
The development of the app will take time, Fatimah revealed, as every service provided will need to be linked with all relevant departments.
Citing the disbursement of Sarawak Endowment Fund (i-SEF), she said it will have to be linked to relevant departments such National Registration Department, various banks and the Sarawak Treasury.
Meanwhile, on the Kenyalang Gold Card, Fatimah announced that 24 vendors across Sarawak have committed to participating in it.
Fatimah said more vendors will be added to the list so that those above 60 may enjoy more discounts and benefits.
“As many as 24 vendors have agreed to give discounts to Gold Card holders. So they (card holders) will benefit.
“As long as they are 60-years-old, it does not matter who they are. They get benefits from vendors who have registered with us; there are 24 of them. We hope to have more as time goes along.”
Among some of the 24 vendors who have committed to participating in the Kenyalang Gold Card programme are Cafe Cafe, Samba, FitFlop, Win Life, Freesia Bus, Suriah Indah Health Clinic, Bright Smile Dental Clinic, P and J Health Group, CLH Enterprise and others.
Kenyalang Gold Card is the ministry’s initiative to provide certain benefits to those above the age of 60. The ministry will propose the initiative to the cabinet this December and it is expected to be implemented next year.
Card holders may enjoy a certain percentage of discounts when shopping with the vendors registered with the ministry. Apart from that, card holders who are not civil servants or Social Security members will also be entitled to RM3,000 as burial funds upon death. — DayakDaily