When the poor relied on Welfare Aid, it is most cruel to let them wait for it as they need it for their daily living. And this is exactly what is happening to many of the poor families in Kuching who had called me for help as the aid for this month has yet to be banked in to them. Money is supposed to bank into the recipients’ account on the 3rd day of each calendar month.
The Social development and Urbanisation Minister, William Mawan and the Director of Welfare department should get out from their air-conditioned rooms to see how the people are suffering from their inefficient-run ministry and department. They should explain why the poor who already have to rely on handout are not getting them on time, the third time this year.
A few families had contacted me telling me that for the past few months, they have been getting their welfare aid late. These people are already so poor and living from hand to mouth and some are celebrating their Hari Raya waiting for the money to buy the necessities.
I called the Director last month to find out the truth and left messages with the steno but there was no reply until todate. Is the Director asked to conceal the truth? Why is the Director so worried to contact me back to tell me the reason for banking in the money late. These people have to know why their money arrived late. An officer in the department told me that the problem was with the Federal side. What is really going on in the Welfare department?
Why is it that the poor always have to suffer at the expense of the inefficient government. Is the coffer runs dry after the State election or was corruption so rampant that even Welfare Aid money has to be bank in late due to some hanky panky.
I want the Director to explain to the people and not keep them in the dark. That is the least he can do.