DAP Lawmakers Reach Out To City Folk On Govt Initiatives

One of the staff explaining about PeKa B40 to a senior citizen during the programme.

By CHLOE LIM
KOTA KINABALU: The government has reached out to the people of Luyang to provide help and information as well as to create greater awareness on its new products and aids.

Luyang State Assemblyman Phoong Jin Zhe said, many are still unaware of the benefits of the government’s new initiatives such as the PeKa B40 healthcare protection scheme, the Household Living Aid or Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH), and e-Kasih.

“Some people may have questions, but they do not know where to submit their enquiries. Bringing in relevant agencies and engaging with the locals is one of the government’s initiatives to help these people,” said Phoong at the Outreach Programme held at Foh Sang, on Saturday.

Phoong speaking to a Luyang resident.

The Minister of Youth and Sports also expressed his gratitude towards Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) Mayor Datuk Haji Nordin Siman for his help in coordinating the programme.

Meanwhile, Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Goong Hin explained that less government agencies were involved compared to the first outreach programme held at Gaya Street last week due to limitation of space.

Chain also stated that only selected agencies that are able to cater to the local residents were involved. Some of the service counters were the State’s Welfare Department, PeKa B40, e-Kasih, BSH, Dog Licensing Application, as well as booths for blood sugar and blood pressure tests.

An elderly woman taking a blood test.

“If the government only sits in the office and wait for the people to do the approaching, chances are they will not. So this is a work plan to show the people here that they are our priority.

“However, we still have no exact plan on how many times we should conduct this programme. It all depends on where we fee there is necessity,” he said.

Also present during the programme was Kota Kinabalu Mayor Datuk Haji Nordin Siman.