Sunday August 12, 2012
Minister tells welfare recipients to be independent
KUCHING: The needy who receive monthly aid from the Welfare Department must eventually learn to stand on their own feet, instead of being entirely reliant on the Government.
Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah emphasised that people should not have the perception that welfare aid from the Government was meant as a permanent life support.
Rather, such assistance should be seen as a means to kick-start efforts among the needy to have a more sustainable income.
“Although the Government is doing all it can to help the needy in the country, you (needy) should also do your best in improving your own livelihood.
“There are other people out there who are not in the (welfare) system yet. They also need government assistance and should not be left out of having this opportunity,” she spoke to some 200 welfare recipients during a “Bouquet of Love” programme at Kampung Samariang Lama here yesterday.
In relation to this call, Fatimah said this year’s welfare assistance would consist of items that would help recipients to become more independent and able to have better incomes.
The contributions were of two types — the Yellow Kit for women which contained various kitchen items and ingredients for them to bake or cook food products that could be sold in the village or market; and the Green Kit, which had some basic farming tools and seedlings of three types of vegetables, as well as fertilizer for men to undertake basic farming.
“On top of that, RM50 cash would also be given to each of the recipients,” she added.
The programme here was the fourth series held after Kampung Tabuan Hilir and Lundu District last month, and Astana earlier this month.
“The objective of this annual programme is to help ease the burden of the needy for them to celebrate the coming Hari Raya Aidilfitri and at the same time, to improve their livelihood,” Fatimah said.