Monday November 21, 2011
KAR1SMA distributes RM1.4bil to 469,000
KUALA LUMPUR: The 1Malaysia Social Welfare Programme (KAR1SMA), an initiative of the GTP, is aimed at improving the livelihood of low-income earners and ensuring that every citizen can enjoy the benefits of the country’s development.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the programme, under the GTP’s Low-Income Households NKRA, is a government initiative formulated to provide assistance for the people in a holistic manner.
Through the programme, RM1.4bil was distributed to some 469,000 recipients through the ministry’s various KAR1SMA categories.
The total amount consisted of RM290mil for children, RM332mil for the disabled, RM455mil for senior citizens and RM303mil for community social programmes.
Shahrizat said KAR1SMA also allocated RM4.1mil for widows of army and police personnel as the Government’s way of honouring the sacrifices made by the soldiers and law enforcers who preserve the peace and security of the nation.
Other forms of assistance include monthly allowance, daycare services, disabled productivity incentive, Job Coach training programme for the disabled, training courses for women and single mothers, health check-ups and mammograms, babysitting services and productive welfare incentives.