People’s welfare remains PH govt’s priority

(Back row from left) Simon, Teo, Voon, Zaidi, Dr Teo and other guests pose with the children from the two local charitable homes.

MIRI: The social welfare interest of the people will remain Pakatan Harapan (PH) government’s main concern in the implementation of its development agenda.

Miri MP Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng said it is undeniable that Malaysians are generous and always ready to help the needy and less fortunate by giving donations, contributing money and items.

He said this when officiating at a breaking of fast event with orphans at a local hotel here on Wednesday.

“The Welfare Department (JKM) has also implemented ‘MyCorporateCare’ as an online channel to facilitate donations and contributions from corporate bodies and individuals.

“Under this social innovation approach to further enhance our delivery system in providing charitable services, we will expand the concept by studying the use of crowdfunding to collect donations and financial contributions from the general public.

“This is to increase capacity to assist the less fortunate and accommodate medical costs, asset purchases or other related expenses,” he said.

Dr Teo pointed out that Malaysia has recorded rapid development and economic growth that helped to advance our country.

“Despite the fast urbanisation and township development process, there are also a handful of homeless people.

“As we move toward a high-income country, there are also poor and hardcore poor as well as parents who still depend on government aid and services in order to lead a normal life,” he said.

He pointed out that the World Summit for Social Development 1995 defines inclusive society as ‘a society for all in which every individual, each with rights and responsibilities, has an active role to play in the society’.

Social inclusiveness, he added, targeted groups considered as less fortunate and vulnerable to be given access to education, public utilities, employment, business, health and housing.

“Malaysia now has 2.65 million parents, 550,550 disabled, 9.9 million children, 14.8 million women and 222,490 poor and hardcore poor.”

As Muslims currently observe the month of Ramadan and prepare for Syawal, the people should also think about the less fortunate who seek sustenance to cover the cost of living, he said

“I was very sad when I read a Facebook post of a girl who said she only ‘bersahur’ with kurma and a glass of water.

“The government is responsible to achieve social inclusiveness to integrate the handicap, single mothers and marginalised communities so that they can be productive people. But record shows that the rising cost of living will burden these groups and will cause them to be excluded from the country’s development and modernisation process.”

Some 35 children from ‘Pusat Jagaan Anak Kesayangan Kami’ and 20 orphans from Hamidah Welfare Complex were feted to a sumptuous meal during the charity programme jointly organised by Miri parliamentary community service centre and RTM Miri.

The children also received festive contributions for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidifitri.

Also present were RTM Miri station manager Zaidi Bujang, Miri District information officer Aba Sam, head of RTM Miri programme unit Simon Suti, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Women national vice president Voon Shiak Ni, PKR Miri branch deputy chief Steve Teo and PKR Miri youth chief Bolhan Salihi.

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