Welfare Dept helping the less fortunate celebrate CNY — Fatimah

Fatimah hands an ang pow to a Kuching Bodhi Path Society member.

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, Jan 27: Minister of Welfare, Community Well-Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah has stressed that there should be no religious extremism or “holier than thou attitude” in society.

Fatimah opined that the more good people there are in the society, the community, in general, would be happy.

“This is what we should defend in Sarawak,” she emphasised.

A total of 7,738 people have been given ang pow to usher in the forthcoming Chinese New Year.

The state Welfare Department, she pointed out, would always help the disadvantaged and the needy, irrespective of race and religion.

“During any festive season, we will look for clients who are registered with the Welfare Department, and we will give extra RM100 allowance to celebrate the festive occasion, be it Chinese New Year, Gawai Dayak, Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Deepavali.”

“We will hand out the allowance during a festive gathering like this Chinese New Year Charity event here. We have done this for the past 11 years.

“We don’t make this up for cheap publicity. This is how the people of various races and religions live together, in peace and harmony. This is unique only in Sarawak,” she told reporters this today after distributing food, fruits and RM100 ang pow to 100 families, who are Kuching Bodhi Path Society members.

On Kuching Bodhi Path Society, she complimented them for doing a good job in helping those in need over the years.— DayakDaily