March 16, 2010

MALAYSIA: Senior citizens will soon get letter of appreciation with cheque

. SELANGOR, Penang / The Star / Nation / March 16, 2010 Senior citizens’ reward comes with letter from Penang Govt By Manjit Kaur GEORGE TOWN: Some 80,000 senior citizens will receive their first annual payment of RM100 and a letter from Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng listing out the state government’s achievements. According to a statement from the Chief Minister’s office, the letter and the money would be sent after the launch of a senior citizen appreciation programme on March 21. In the letter, Lim said the RM100 reward was a symbolic present from the state government for the contribution and efforts of senior citizens that had enabled the state to progress. “The state government is disappointed with the political enemies who have tried to sabotage the programme by claiming that the cash given is tantamount to corruption. “We will continue with the programme, and we are ready to face any investigation or action by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission,” he added. The letter ends with a poem. In an immediate reaction, state MCA deputy chief Eng Hiap Boon advised Lim to stop the “publicity stunt” and start working. “It has been a year since Lim and others have been doing public relations work on the RM100 reward. The Federal Government through the Welfare Department hands out a higher amount to the disabled and single mothers, but it does not go around making an issue out of it. “I am not saying it is not a good job. The state government can even increase it to RM1,000, but there is no necessity to go overboard,” he added. State Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan said the time had come for Lim to stop campaigning and begin working. The reward programme was announced during the first anniversary of Pakatan’s rule in Penang in March last year. Penang-registered voters who are aged 60 and above from March 9 this year are eligible for the reward. [rc] By Manjit Kaur E-Mail: Copyright © 1995-2010 Star Publications (M) Bhd