Minister: Pandemic-hit folks to benefit from Kembara Prihatin Negara

Fatimah (centre) and Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni (left) launching the Kembara Prihatin Negara programme.

KUCHING, Nov 25: Concerned over the plight of Malaysians who are facing difficulties especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, the federal government has come forward to provide special assistance through Kembara Prihatin Negara (KPN) programme

The initiative will see financial assistance, food aid, and other daily essential necessities to those in need.

Sarawak Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said although this KPN was initiated by the Federal Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM), the state ministry will work together in an effort to reach out to those who are in dire need.


“Our aim is to disseminate the services and initiatives being implemented by the government in meeting the needs and expectations of the people.

“Both federal and state government are aware of the current situation where many people lost their job, source of income or even businesses due to Covid-19,” Fatimah said at the launching of the event in Kampung Tabuan Melayu today.

The programme which covers 108 districts nationwide will also see the ministry setting up open mobile counters to assist people in getting registered for various assistance and food basket; explain and sharing information on family development and women empowerment.

These mobile teams will focus on public areas such as morning and night markets; farmers’ markets; business complexes; local community centers; and housing areas.

“Over here in Sarawak, we will also explain the various initiatives and assistance provided by the state government as well. Apart from explaining or giving them information, we will assist them in applying, such as Kenyalang Gold Card, Endowment Fund Sarawak, Kidney Patient aid and Pre Natal Care aid.

“This programme involves cooperation from strategic partners and we encourage the involvement of corporate companies so that more assistance can be channeled,” Fatimah added. – DayakDaily