Rina Harun: JKM’s cashless assistance payment project to help beneficiaries manage their expenses and avoid buying cigarettes and alcohol | Malaysia

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun attends a program at Chean Ai Disabled Welfare Association in Kelana Jaya on January 29, 2022. — Photo by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30 – Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun, has said the Social Welfare Department’s cashless aid scheme is to help regulate the expenses of beneficiaries.

At a press conference today, she mentioned that currently the cashless card will only be allowed to buy basic necessities including food, care, sanitary napkins and medicine.

Rina mentioned that the government has received reports that the Disabled Workers Community Allowance has been misused to purchase liquor and cigarettes.

“We have also received complaints about misuse of support. For example, we have received complaints that the aid has been used to buy cigarettes and in some cases the money has been spent by other family members or anything that does not bring benefits to the beneficiary.

“And thanks to our observation, this initiative was launched to help (recipients) regulate their expenses so that at least (the aid) is used to buy basic necessities such as food, medicine and care, except for alcohol and cigarettes,” she said. after visiting the Chen Ai Disabled Welfare Association in Petaling Jaya this morning.

She added that the initiative is still at the pilot stage and has received positive feedback from the majority of participants, as currently the initiative is only reaching out to new beneficiaries in a few districts of the country.

“As I said earlier, this cashless project is still under surveillance and it is a pilot project. All information, data, opinions and contributions from all parties obtained during the implementation of this cashless pilot project will be reviewed and considered before a decision is made on its full implementation in the future,” she added.

Rina also mentioned that they will invite leaders of community associations with disabilities and related organizations to discuss in detail the implementation of this program.

Earlier, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM) Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff said the cashless assistance scheme would be reviewed by the ministry.

Responding to the concerns of at least six groups protesting against the program implemented by his ministry, Siti Zailah said the matter would be taken to the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun .

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