SEPANG MAR.27: The government’s commitment towards the improvement of services for the targeted group has been realized with the presentation of RM7.15 million for the operational costs of 143 Senior Citizen Activity Centres (PAWE).
Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Seri Rina Harun had presented the government’s allocation here today at the Annual Operational Financial Aid and the Formation of New Senior Citizen Activity Centres (PAWE) Central Zone 2021.
The Minister in her speech said, the government has raised the annual management financial aids for PAWE that have been run by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from RM33, 330 to RM50, 000.
“The increase in the allocation is aimed at implementing the programmes and activities of PAWE along with the allowances increment for the volunteers, supervisors and assistant supervisors,” she said.
Rina added, RM850,000 had been given for the operations of 17 PAWE in Selangor, RM550,000 to 11 PAWE in Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory, and RM300,000 to six PAWE in Negeri Sembilan.
Besides that she said, the Ministry has also approved the establishment of new PAWE in Selangor with the allocation of RM100, 000 for the Financial Aid in the Formation of a New PAWE in Tanjung Karang.
“To date there are 143 PAWE involving 131 parliamentary constituencies that have been established and operational with 47,627 registered members.
“The government has also drafted the Legislation Bill for Senior Citizen aimed at empowering the existing laws. Through the 2021 Budget, the government has raised the Welfare Aid for Senior Citizen (Old People Aid) from RM350.00 to RM500.00 per month,” said Rina.
The increase in the aids, said Rina have benefitted 10,499 recipients in Selangor, 8,970 in Negeri Sembilan and 2,967 in Kuala Lumpur.
She added, the government is committed to raise the wellness of the senior citizens from all aspects including their economy, finance, health, environment and the preparedness of the mind.
“The Ministry hopes the PAWE’s functions will be more significant and play the role as a local community centre that will benefit, contribute expertise to the community and instil healthy lifestyle among members of the society,” she said. –Malaysia World News