Charity NGOs get their share to carry out programmes

11 Oct 2019 / 17:58 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will continue to support charitable agencies and NGOs in their activities, which includes socio-economic assistance, food bank operation, and drug rehabilitation programmes.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said RM575 million will be provided for the benefit of 137,000 senior citizens with a household income below the poverty line.

“In addition, the government will also allocate RM4.6 million to the Senior Citizens Activity Centre (PAWE) to fund the expenditure of 129 centres across Malaysia, benefiting 37,000 senior citizens,“ he said in his Budget speech at Parliament today.

He also said an allocation of RM80 million to upgrade, repair and maintain 67 various institutions under the Department of Social Welfare (JKM) including child care centres, the disabled and the elderly as well as a sum of RM25 million is allocated to manage, administer and expand the Food Bank program nationwide.

“A sum of RM20 million is allocated for five new Independent Learning Centres, training programs for Down Syndrome and Taska for the disabled. At the same time, training and coaching services provided by training service providers to the disabled will be exempted from service tax,“ he said.

He added that a sum of RM15 million has been allocated to the National Anti-Drugs Agency to implement programs with NGOs and local communities to enhance the effectiveness of drug rehabilitation programmes.

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