Friday February 8, 2013
Govt gives aid to eligible veterans through Yayasan Artis 1Malaysia
By RINTOS MAIL
KUCHING: Yayasan Artis 1Malaysia (YA1M) will do its best to trace all the veteran artistes (aged 60 and above), including those in Sarawak, so they too can receive the heritage compassionate contribution from the foundation.
Its president Datuk D J Dave said YA1M would not want to leave whoever was eligible for the compassionate contribution, which is given in honour of their services to the nation.
He said YA1M had visited and given away the cash contribution to over a hundred veteran artistes throughout the country since it received the allocation from the Federal Government.
YA1M was launch by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last year. It is an ‘umbrella’ for Malaysian artistes.
Its mission is to assist and look after the welfare of ageing and ailing actors, actresses and singers.
“We are very grateful that the Prime Minister has been a staunch supporter of our mission from day one.
“The Prime Minister and the Government have recognised the roles played by artistes and we are very appreciative of the government initiatives in supporting the creation of YA1M, including its financial support,” he said at the distribution of the contribution to the veteran artistes in Sarawak.
Some 21 artistes from Sarawak, mostly singers and musicians, received the contribution from YA1M here Wednesday night.
The recipients were Datuk Sarbanun Marikan, Zubaidah Mohammad, Maimunah Kambri, Hasanah Munir, Rokiah Ojek, Rugayah Busrah, Rukayah Shukri, Esther Bayang, Nor Karim Rebi, Chong Mong Hua, Christopher Kelly, Jimmy Kuek, Goldwyn Sweeny, Yetni Adenan, Bujang Let Sanyut (S.M Let), Lee Ching Pau, Ahmad Muhammad, Bujang Shahdan, Kassim Daud, Razuki Mohammad and Ramli Ali.
The 21 were gathered through Persatuan Penyanyi Anak Sarawak.
Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg handed over the money.