Kenyalang Gold Card for elderly in Sarawak still applicable

KUCHING: The Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) initiative aimed to enhance welfare and wellbeing of elderly people aged 60 and above in the state, is still valid and has not been terminated, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Sri Fatimah Abdullah said.

She said the card launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on March 9 is still applicable with the participation of 56 strategic partners, despite the enforcement of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

“We want to assure the public (in Sarawak) that the KGC, to enable senior citizens to enjoy special privileges, discounts, and rebates at participating outlets, is ongoing and those interested can still submit their applications,” she told a media conference at Wisma Kebajikan, Petra Jaya, here.

She said as at yesterday, 146,876 applications had been received and this number represented 43.91 per cent of the 334,500 citizens categorised as senior citizens in the state.

“Another benefit of the KGC is the RM3,000 Death Compassionate Assistance (BIK) to pay for funeral expenses of the cardholder, not covered by other parties,” she added.