So, to all those senior citizens out there in Penang: have you registered with the state government for your RM100? It’s called the Senior Citizen Appreciation program. And if you are wondering how they are going to pay you, well, they’ll be sending cash vouchers to your home address. How about that? Is this convenient or not?
I spoke to some senior citizens and their response you will see in my story in www.malaysiakini.com later.
But here, let me share with you Penang chief minister’s Lim Guan Eng press statement on this:
The Penang state government has decided to post the RM 100 Senior Citizens Appreciation program to the recipients at their home address. This is to facilitate the disbursement of such funds and reduce inconvenience caused to senior citizens of having to take the trouble to go to the PR wakil rakyat’s constituency to receive the RM 100 funds. The RM100 will be posted after the launching of the Senior Citizens Appreciation Program in Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang on 21.3.2010. A letter by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will also be enclosied as follows.
Dear Sir/ Mdm,
Penang Senior Citizens Appreciation Program of RM100 Annually
As a people-centric government, the Penang Pakatan Rakyat (PR) State government continually endeavours to listen to the people, do the people’s work and give hope to all. A people-centric government can be achieved through 3Es-to enable, empower and enrich the people.
- Enable the people with the skills, knowledge and education to provide equal opportunity for all to create wealth.
- Empower the people with fundamental rights, basic freedom and responsibilities with full observance for the rule of law.
- Enrich the people by sharing wealth and economic benefits to persue socio-economic justice.
For the first time in Penang’s history, senior citizens above 60 years old residing in Penang shall receive RM100 annually. This is a symbolic gift from the Penang PR State government to all senior citizens for their contributions and efforts that have allowed Penang to enjoy its success today whether in the field of socio-economy or unity in diversity amongst our plural society.
The Penang PR state government can afford to do so as we have been rigorously adopting a prudent budget, strict savings and good governance based on CAT- Competency, Accountability and Transparency. CAT governance has gained recognition from international bodies such as Transparency International that praised a state government in Malaysia for the first time ever. The 2008 Auditor-General’s report also praised the success of the Penang PR State Government in turning around a projected 2008 Budget deficit of RM35 million to a record surplus of RM88 million and a projected 2009 Budget deficit of RM40 million to a surplus of RM77 million.
We regret that our political opponents have tried to sabotage this RM 100 cash appreciation program by describing giving money to senior citizens as an act of bribery and corruption. However we shall continue with this program and are prepared to face any investigation or action by the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Agency(MACC).
The RM100 cash appreciation to the senior citizens continues the Penang PR government’s tradition of giving to the people such as the RM100 water rebates to the nearly 170,000 low-income families in 2008-2009. Lest you think that you will be forgotten when you grow old- Remember that so long as Penang PR government exists, you will always be in our heart!
God Bless You!
Lim Guan Eng ,Penang Chief Minister