300,000 thankful for govt’s cashless food aid initiative

THE government’s Prihatin Kasih cashless food aid programme is proving to be a boon to the underprivileged nationwide.

Seventy-year-old lorry driver Tukiran Mohd Hussein can attest to this. He was all smiles while shopping at Giant hypermarket in Persiaran Batu Nilam, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang.

The Taman Kandis Permai resident said the aid was timely to ease his financial burden as he could not work during Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

“I was doing odd jobs transporting goods but the current movement restrictions halted my work.

“At the same time, I have to care for my granddaughter, Faridah who is suffering from a mental disorder.

“The aid is actually given to her and I am helping to restock some groceries for the family,” he said.

Faridah was one of the 300,000 underprivileged citizens from urban poor households nationwide to receive the aid.

The Prihatin Kasih initiative, which kick-started on July 1 in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, provides an allocation of RM100mil in cashless aid to urban poor families. It has since started rolling out to other states.

Non-governmental organisation (NGO) MyKasih Foundation has been appointed by the government to implement the initiative that runs on the unique technology of the MyKad to distribute aid in a targeted, efficient and secure manner.

Recipients are pre-selected and identified through the Welfare Department and e-Kasih databases and have been verified against the Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat data.

The recipients include vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities.

Each recipient gets RM100 per month for a period of three months to spend on basic necessities at selected outlets.

Any unspent balance can be carried forward to the following month to allow the recipients to fully utilise the aid given.

The programme ends on Dec 31.

Speaking to StarMetro after making the payment for his groceries at the same Giant Hypermarket, Anthony Martin Anthony said he was happy that the aid lifted some of his financial burdens.

“I am a retiree and rely on my savings to support my family in Taman Sri Andalas, Klang.

“The aid is for my daughter who has Down Syndrome, and it helps us to cope during this Phase One of the NRP,” he said.

Foo Phang Ming, 60, lauded the government’s efforts to help the needy.

“I am glad the programme gives us timely assistance, because the pandemic is affecting our income,” he said.

MyKasih Foundation chairman and co-founder Tan Sri Dr Ngau Boon Keat said it was an honour to be entrusted by the government and Hasanah Foundation to manage the disbursement of aid to selected beneficiaries via the MyKad.

“Given the rising number of Covid-19 cases and the urgency in assisting B40 households with basic provisions, we are fortunate to be able to leverage on the extensive network of more than 300 partner retailers such as Giant, Econsave, Mydin, Lotus Stores, Aeon, Speedmart 99, MyHero, TF Value Mart and many other neighbourhood provision shops to serve the recipients.

“The MyKasih cashless programme can be quickly and efficiently executed in a safe and secure manner, with no cash exchanging hands.

“Given that we are still observing various movement restriction protocols, this cashless method of aid distribution is a viable alternative to helping families in need as it practically removes the need for community volunteers to procure, store, pack and assist with food delivery.

“And most importantly, this prevents queueing and crowding of recipients to receive food aid,” he said.

MyKasih Foundation was established in 2009 to meet the immediate needs of families struggling with poverty.

Its flagship “Love My Neighbour-hood” cashless food aid programme ensures that there is food on the table for those families.

Since the foundation’s inception, RM280mil worth of aid has been channelled to more than 300,000 families and students nationwide in the form of food and educational support.

In addition to the “Love My Neighbourhood” cashless food aid programme, MyKasih also runs the “Love My School” student bursary programme.

Student beneficiaries are given monthly cashless bursaries worth RM60 to RM80 via their MyKad-linked student smartcard for a full academic term to buy food and drinks at the school canteen as well as books and stationery at the school bookstore.

Out of the 112 national-type schools MyKasih is currently supporting, 32 are Orang Asli primary schools in Pahang, Perak, Kelantan, Selangor, Johor and Terengganu.

Hess Malaysia sumbang bantuan makanan kepada penduduk Pasir Linggi

KUALA LUMPUR 14 Julai – Hess Malaysia menyalurkan sumbangan terhadap keluarga kurang bernasib baik di Kelantan menerusi program bantuan makanan, hasil kerjasama dengan sebuah organisasi amal swasta MyKasih Foundation.

Di bawah program bantuan makanan ‘MyKasih Love My Neighbourhood’, Hess Malaysia telah menyumbang RM112,000 untuk membantu kira-kira 200 keluarga di Kampung Pasir Linggi, Kelantan membeli barangan keperluan untuk tempoh enam bulan.

Naib Presiden Hess Asia, Zhiyong Zhao berkata, pihaknya sedar barangan keperluan asas merupakan garis hayat kritikal bagi kebanyakan isi rumah yang terkesan oleh wabak COVID-19.

“Matlamat kami adalah untuk memberi kesan positif kepada komuniti di mana kami beroperasi dan penglibatan kami dalam program bantuan makanan ini diharap akan dapat  memberi sokongan kepada mereka pada masa yang sukar ini,” katanya dalam kenyataan di sini hari ini. 

Di bawah program ini, penerima bantuan hanya perlu menggunakan MyKad untuk menerima elaun bulanan sebanyak RM80 untuk membeli barang keperluan asas seperti beras, roti, biskut, tepung dan minyak masak di kedai runcit. Para penerima ini merupakan dari isi rumah yang mempunyai tanggungan dan berpendapatan bulanan gabungan RM1,500 ke bawah.

Pengerusi dan Pengasas Bersama Yayasan MyKasih, Tan Sri Dr Ngau Boon Keat berkata, pihaknya sangat berterima kasih kepada Hess Malaysia atas sambutan terhadap kempen untuk membantu keluarga berpendapatan rendah semasa wabak ini.

Menurutnya, penerima MyKasih ini mendapat sumbangan tanpa tunai sepenuhnya menggunakan MyKad mereka dan mereka boleh memilih barang makanan yang perlu dibeli untuk keluarga mereka.

“Kami berharap syarikat-syarikat lain akan mendapat inspirasi dari Hess Malaysia dan menggunakan platform pengagihan kebajikan tanpa tunai kami yang ditawarkan tanpa kos supaya penerima mendapat manfaat yang sebanyak mungkin tanpa interaksi yang banyak ketika wabak,” kata .

Penggunaan sistem pembayaran tanpa tunai menggunakan teknologi cip MyKad ini mampu memastikan bantuan kebajikan disalurkan kepada penerima yang betul secara cekap, telus dan selamat sambil mengurangkan risiko dan cabaran dalam menguruskan logistik bantuan makanan ini semasa wabak.

Inisiatif terbaru ini adalah lanjutan dari sokongan Hess Malaysia terhadap Skim Dermasiswa MyKasih ‘Love My School’ di Kelantan, yang bertujuan untuk membantu pelajar yang kurang bernasib baik mendapat pendidikan berkualiti dan membina kehidupan yang lebih baik untuk keluarga mereka.

Program yang dimulakan pada tahun 2020 itu telah memberi manfaat kepada hampir 100 pelajar sekolah rendah dari komuniti Orang Asli di Gua Musang.

丽娜哈仑:正视城市贫穷 · “Kasih关怀”援助30万户家庭

(吉隆坡13日讯)妇女、家庭及社会发展部长拿督斯里丽娜哈仑说,政府严正看待城市贫穷问题,Kasih关怀(Prihatin Kasih)计划是其中一项协助人民的计划,将惠及30万户家庭,特别是城市人。

她今日到吉隆坡富都广场(Pudu Plaza)的The Store陪同Kasih关怀计划下的4名受惠者购买必需品后说,虽然政府推动食物篮计划,但食物篮中并没有提供如鸡蛋及婴儿奶粉等食物,因此受惠者可透过Kasih关怀计划购买其他必需品。

可往逾300商店购必需品

“透过Kasih关怀计划,我们给予无现金援助,即我们不是给予现金,而是透过大马卡,受惠者可前往已锁定的逾300家超市及商店购买必需品。”

她说,受惠者是从城市贫穷家庭中筛选,考量社会福利局及爱心援助计划(e-Kasih)数据库,并与人民关怀援助金(BPR)数据库进行交叉核对后选出,由财政部列出及检查。

“我们想要解决城市贫穷的问题,受惠者能透过这项拨款购买所需的必需品。”

100令吉辅助先在雪隆开跑

她指出,为期3个月的100令吉关怀辅助,首个阶段是在雪隆地区进行,受惠者可使用汇入大马卡内的援助金余额购买必需品,直到12月31日。

这个辅助计划通过全国300家超市及商店进行,包括迈汀(Mydin)、巨人(Giant)、宜康省(Econsave)、The Store、Pacific、美丽华(Milimewa)、99 Speedmart、Lotus Stores(特易购)及杂货店。

丽娜哈仑在文告中说,涉及1亿令吉拨款的Kasih关怀计划是经济与人民强化配套(PEMERKASA)下的其中一项援助配套,共有11万零284名获得社会福利局援助的城市贫穷群体,从该计划中受惠。

MyKasih基金会将通知符合资格的Kasih关怀计划受惠者,确认他们是受惠者及可领取物品的日期及零售店,并向他们讲解该计划;详情也可浏览www.mykasih.com.my/site/prihatin-kasih/

Over 110,000 social welfare dept aid recipients qualify for Prihatin Kasih assistance

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 110,284 Social Welfare Department aid recipients out of 300,000 households across the country qualify to receive assistance under the Prihatin Kasih programme implemented by the government through the Strategic Programme to Empower the People and Economy (Pemerkasa).

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun(pix) said the recipients include the urban poor groups, based on crosschecks of the department and e-Kasih databases with the Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (BPR) database.

“The Prihatin Kasih programme, with an allocation of RM100 million, was announced as a Pemerkasa package to help alleviate the living costs for the urban poor.

“Prihatin Kasih recipients who qualify will receive an SMS from MyKasih to confirm their status as aid recipients under the programme, along with the date and time for an orientation briefing at the nearest grocery store,” she said in a statement yesterday.

The household item assistance, which is channelled cashless through the use of the MyKad, involves monthly aid of RM100 for three months for purchase of necessities based on each household’s choice.

The programme involves over 300 supermarket chains and stores throughout the country, including Mydin, Giant, Econsave, The Store, Pacific, Milimewa, 99 Speedmart, Lotus Stores (Tesco) and grocery stores.

Meanwhile, Rina said that the ministry, through the Social Welfare Department, has also prepared an online Welfare Assistance Scheme application facility through the official department website at www.jkm.gov.my or ebantuanjkm.jkm.gov.my.

Those seeking further information and assistance can contact Talian Kasih 15999 or WhatsApp 019-2615999, which operates round the clock. –Bernama