By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, July 20: SUPP PCB estimates that there are still more that 50 per cent of the 334,500 Sarawakians above the age of 60 who have yet to apply for the Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC).
Thus, SUPP Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) urged eligible Sarawakian senior citizens to apply for the card.
“(This is because) the KGC provides privileges and benefits such as special discounts on services and rebates from KGC’s 56 strategic vendors in optical service, health service, reflexology, bus transportation, food outlets, pharmacy, retail, tailoring and hair salon.
“KGC also offers compassionate assistance of RM3,000 to cover funeral expenses on the death of cardholders, not covered by other parties,” SUPP PCB chief Wilfred Yap highlighted in a press statement today.
Yap who is also SUPP Kota Sentosa branch chairman revealed that since the card was launched, SUPP PCB has assisted more than 500 Sarawakians aged 60 and above to apply for it.
He also expressed hope that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will take the lead as the first state in Malaysia to consider paying a modest and fixed monthly payment of RM200 to all KGC holders by using a portion of the five per cent State Sales Tax (SST) collected on petroleum products from Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas).
In the meantime, Yap revealed application forms for KGC may be obtained from the Welfare Department, resident offices, and district and sub-district offices statewide.
He added the public can also apply for KGC online at kwkpk.sarawak.gov.my.
Yap highlighted that those who do not understand the procedures and documents involved in the application process for KGC may seek assistance from SUPP PCB and SUPP Kota Sentosa branch as its party members are ready to help and provide the necessary advice.
He pointed out that any Sarawakian with “K” status who has attained the age of 60 and requires assistance may contact SUPP PCB at 016-7797688 or go directly to the SUPP head office to request for assistance. — DayakDaily