AID FOR THE NEEDY: Kar1sma programme shows government commitment
PADANG SERAI: THE government is serious about helping the needy and has allocated RM1.4 billion this year for the Program Kebajikan Rakyat 1Malaysia (Kar1sma) to improve their lot.
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Heng Seai Kie said the programme, which would benefit more than 500,000 of the urban and rural poor, was aimed at eradicating poverty.
Heng said this after opening the 1Malaysia Community Carnival for the Kulim district held at Sekolah Kebangsaan Pagar Museh, near here, yesterday.
More than 2,000 residents attended the one-day carnival with 11 government and private sector agencies participating.
Heng said it was vital for the people to maintain unity for continued economic development and stability.
She said the dissemination of a video recording of the April 28 Bersih 3.0 gathering by certain opposition leaders had tarnished Malaysia's image in the eyes of foreign tourists and investors.
Heng said that when she attended an international conference in China recently, some of the participants from the United States and Europe she met had asked her about the level of security in Malaysia.
"What they (opposition leaders) have done is tantamount to betrayal of the country which is totally unacceptable."
At the event, Heng also handed out daily essentials to more than 50 poor and needy residents, while 100 needy pupils of SK Pagar Museh received schoolbags from the ministry. Bernama