By Emma Victoria
SARAWAK United People’s Party has hijacked the Welfare Department’s Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) initiative to gain political mileage.
Special Assistant to Sarawak DAP Chairman Chong Chieng Jen, Sim Kiat Leng said many senior citizens have come forward to seek help from the party after they were not informed of the status of their applications.
“It is a good initiative on the part of the Welfare Department to introduce the card which benefited senior citizens. Many from the public have applied for it through the DAP service centres.
“However, it is rather unfortunate that such an initiative has been hijacked by SUPP for political mileage.
“We have seen many applicants coming to our service centres to complain how they not sure of the status of their applications despite having submitted all the details,” he said.
This, Sim said, has caused many applicants to travel, queue and wait at Welfare Department offices.
“They were later told that the cards were taken by SUPP for distribution to the public after wasting so much time and effort to go over to the Welfare Department office to follow up on their applications,” he said.
“The slow distribution of the KGC also shows how SUPP is unable to cope with the entire exercise and therefore, other organisations should be roped in to assist.
For the time being, the public should visit their nearest SUPP service centres for their KGC since the Welfare Department has already decided to take this path,” he said in a statement.
Sarawak DAP, he said, also received many queries as to what are the benefits of having this KGC and how to enjoy those benefits.
“The lack of clarity and information in this aspect is also regrettable. Without telling the public what the benefits are and how to enjoy those benefits, the card is as good as nothing,” Sim said.