PUTRAJAYA, January 10 – The number of social assistance recipients under the Department of Social Welfare (JKM) this year is expected to reach 550,000 people, up from 517,414 last year thanks to the adoption of the income limit of the Food Poverty Line (PGK) 2019 as eligibility for application.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun said the expected increase was in line with the government’s decision to increase eligibility for social assistance applications using the food limit 2019 PGK of RM 1,169 compared to RM 980 previously.
She said that about 71 percent or 1.772 billion ringgit of the 2.5 billion RM in operating expenses of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) this year will be spent on social assistance. as part of the JKM to help the needy.
“The ministry expects to receive many applications from those affected. I requested that the processing be expedited using technology to facilitate their (recipients) applications, ”she said at a press conference after attending the monthly KPWKM meeting here today .
Meanwhile, Rina, based on her observation of flood evacuees at temporary relief centers, proposed the use of retort technology in the delivery of food aid packages.
According to his observation, although the centers had enough food and basic necessities, there was wasted food because the prepackaged ready-to-eat foods spoiled easily.
“It’s time to further expand the use of food packaging using autoclave technology or sterilization. The food will last longer, be fresher and easier to prepare, ”she said.
In the meantime, Rina said that for this year her ministry will continue to focus on efforts to strengthen the quality of services, ensure the effectiveness of planned programs and empower women more comprehensively.
She said six of the ministry’s agencies, namely JKM, National Foundation for Welfare (YKN), Women’s Development Department (JPW), National Population and Family Development Council (LPPKN ), the Social Institute of Malaysia (ISM) and the Malaysian Council of Counselors (LKM), would be jointly mobilized to ensure that this year’s target can be met.
“For this year, we don’t want to work in silos. For example, when there was flooding the last time, we only see JKM, but now I want to mobilize all (the agencies) to help the flood victims, ”she said. – Bernama