getting welfare aid for months
RECIPIENTS OF Welfare Department aid have complained that payments of
the monthly aid into their bank accounts have been stopped for about
According to some of the recipients, they did not know that an
evaluation exercise was being undertaken as many said the problem lies
with the failure of the department to pay the assistance into their
bank accounts promptly.
The evaluation exercise only came to the fore after some of the
recipients claimed that they had been interviewed as part of the
evaluation exercise whereas others did not know about the exercise.
Recently, Sinurizang Binti Kumilau, 74, said her aid had been stopped
since September 2010.
who lives near Kampung Kirangawan in Kota Marudu, said her welfare aid
was stopped for no apparent reason, and she did not know about the
evaluation exercise being undertaken.
According to her, she did not understand why her aid was not reinstated
as all of a sudden it was stopped in the first place.
"I really need my welfare aid as my four sons and daughters all have a
family of their own and without the aid, I would have a hard time
supporting myself," said Sinurizang.
"You see my grandchildren are many and we are living in a small house
together. My son whom I am staying with is also jobless," she added.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Welfare Department headquarters in
Sembulan, said to enable all the recipients to obtain aid from the
department, they were required to renew their recipient card once a
"Maybe, in the case of this complaint, she failed to renew her card or
failed to provide some information needed by the department.
"Therefore, we would like to advise the recipients of welfare aid to
come to the nearest office in their district to clarify why their
welfare aid has been stopped," he said.
According to the spokesperson, starting September, 2010 all the aid was
credited to their bank accounts.
A spokesman from the Welfare Department in Kota Marudu said they would
check the name list for this complainant and try to overcome the
problem. (Source: The Borneo Post)