By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH
TANGKAK: About 40 sick and elderly villagers in the Ledang parliamentary area, who cannot walk, received their Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) cash aid of RM500 at their homes.
Ledang MP Hamim Samuri said the Ledang district office had made arrangements with Maybank Tangkak for the sick and the elderly to receive their cash aid at home.
He said this way, those who were old, sick and could not walk need not go to the collection centres to collect their vouchers.
“We have about 40 recipients who were unable to go to the collection centres in the three state constituencies in the Ledang parliamentary area.
“We decided to go to their houses and give the cash aid,” he said after presenting the BR1M aid to Amat Sadikom, 71, in Kampung Serom Lima Hulu recently.
Hamim, who was accompanied by Zuriayani Junaidi, an officer from the Ledang district office, said this showed the government truly cared for the people.
He said a total of 12,142 households with an income of less than RM3,000 per month in the parliamentary area were eligible for the BR1M aid.
He said some 4,135 people had received the aid while others would get theirs soon, adding that payments would be made at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Tangkak, in Pulau Penarik, and Bukit Gambir hall.
Hamim said it was also good for government officers, who were involved in distributing the BR1M aid, to visit those who could not walk and hand over the aid.
He said they could see the difficulty and hardship faced by the villagers, especially the families of those sick and elderly people in looking after their parents.
He said Amat, one of the recipients, had been bed-ridden for more than one year and was dependant on family members to help feed him.
“He was a general worker at SK Serom Enam but after his wife died about six years ago, he fell ill and could not move his limbs.
“There are others sick and elderly people in Ledang and we plan to go to every house to deliver the cash aid,” he added.
SOURCE: THE STAR, FEBRUARY 27, 2012