BURSA TOP 20: Who’s The most charitable?
Malaysia experienced extraordinary economic growth in recent decades and it led to the burgeoning of the middle class. Klang Valley (KV) as a destination has reaped the benefits of this rapid development, bringing prosperity and higher standards of living to the majority of the people. However, there remains economic and social gaps that need to be addressed. The homeless, urban poor, refugees and marginalised are part of the fabric of KV. Equity, equality and empathy must be extended to all.
Klang Valley is home to a large population of refugees residing in the country. Unlike migrants, refugees have lost the protection of their country’s government and they are unable to ...
The youth makes up 18% of Malaysia’s labour force and 17.8% of Malaysia’s population. Geographically, whilst the state of Sabah is struggling behind with 14% of its youths without...
City-dwellers that fall within the B40 income category are regarded as the urban poor. Klang Valley’s urban poor communities are faced with low household income, low human, social and...
Malaysia’s children are 30% of our population but 100% of our future. Their growth and development are key indicators of how a country is performing. Malaysia is constantly increasing...
Countless soup kitchens, charity drives, and public donations have been established and new ones mushroomed to take care of the homeless in Klang Valley. Food packs and...
The issues raised are aligned with the Global Sustainable Development Goals in order to build a future that is inclusive and sustainable for generations to come.
Significant data points to clue you in on the current situation
Significant data points to clue you in on the
Governments and its agencies together with local changemakers play a significant role in transforming the economic and social landscape of the place, especially for the marginalised and underprivileged communities. Below is a list of some key policies, plans and programmes that are currently in place for Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya:
The ‘Blueprint Pembasmian Kemiskinan Negeri Selangor’ is a program — one out of many— under the Inisiatif Peduli Rakyat (IPR).The program was developed to improve the economic quality of target groups through the execution of sustainable economical projects which possess the potential for growth.
This program provides assistance in the form of equipment or machinery that are necessary according to the applicants’ business. The poor and low-income groups that have the skills and expertise to start their own business — tailoring, retail business, child care, handicraft and small businesses — are the target groups of the program.
The prime conditions for application of assistance includes a household income less than RM 1,500 a month and a permanent resident of Selangor (5 years minimum). Applicants must also be in possession of a valid business license and have operated said business for 1 year at least.
An expenditure guide, providing estimated minimum monthly expenses on various types of goods and services for different households in Malaysia. Belanjawanku can help Malaysians plan their personal and family budgeting to achieve a reasonable standard of living. It is developed based on actual spending patterns on common goods and services by urban households in the Klang Valley. This guide was designed by KWSP/EPF in collaboration with University of Malaya and the Social Wellbeing Research Centre (SWRC).
As a gesture of acknowledging the important role that mothers play in the family as well as the society, Kasih Ibu Smart Selangor was introduced. The program is a welfare program specifically made for mothers among the low-income groups (B40). KISS aims to reduce the burdening cost of living with the provision of financial aid for the procurement of basic necessities needed for the family.
Beneficiaries of the program will be able to purchase their needs at selected shops and supermarkets cashless. The KISS card provided comes with RM 200 debited into it and it will be automatically reloaded every month. However, any remaining balance will not be brought forward. Among the things that can be purchased with the KISS card includes rice, meat, diary, cleaning products and also schooling necessity.
Mothers who are of Malaysian nationality living in Selangor for more than 10 years and are registered voters in the state are eligible for assistance. Mothers must also have a household income under RM 2,000 per month and dependents under the age of 21 years old.
Skim Ceria is a program that was created to provide the funds for reparation and restoration of the facilities in medium to low cost apartments in Selangor. The scheme also helps JMB in managing civil works, elevator maintenance as well as landscaping. Low-cost apartments with a buying price of RM 42,000 and below as well as lower medium-cost apartments priced between RM 42,001 to RM 72,000 are eligible for this scheme.
The cost of repairs cannot exceed RM 300,000 and priority is given to facilities with critical damages. However, this scheme is not offered to applicants that requires the Certificate of Fitness for repairs to be done. Structural damages and repairs of facilities like the community park and hall are not covered for either.
This program was created to help relieve the burden of parents paying the preschool fees for their children. Every month, the state government will provide RM 50 to eligible beneficiaries which will be channeled directly to the kindergartens registered under the Majlis Permuafakatan Tadika Selangor.
The applicant must be Malaysian with either parent and child being born or living in Selangor; a monthly household income of below RM 3,000; and the child has to be either 5 or 6 years old.
The objective of the scheme is to reduce the living cost of the people of Selangor especially for the low-income group but this scheme is not limited to this income group. In order to ensure that the program reaches its objective of execution parallel to the efforts of the state government, the state assembly has called for a realignment so that this program could better cater to the target groups — the ones who are truly deserving and needy.
This free water supply program is also among the components of the restructuring proposal of the water industry in Selangor. Post realignment, 20 cubic litres of water were given to target groups in Selangor which were households earning RM4,000 and below a month. Registration for the Skim Air Darul Ehsan has also been reopened for new applications and appeals beginning April 2020 until June 2021.Other conditions that would ensure eligibility includes being a Malaysian citizen living in Selangor. However, applicants can only apply for a single premise only.
Also known as Bantuan Kebajikan Masyarakat, this program provides temporary monetary aid worth RM350 a month for beneficiaries to purchase their essential needs in times of extreme difficulties. There are a number of criteria that needs to be met before an applicant is eligible to receive the aid.
This aid is eligible to citizens of Selangor or if the applicant has lived in Selangor for more than 10 years. Applicants are also eligible if he or she does not fulfill the conditions for other JKM assistance schemes. Other factors that are taken into consideration include number of dependents, disability, house conditions and illnesses. Any proof that shows that the family’s financial position lies under the National Poverty Line can also be admitted for consideration.
Program Tuisyen Online is a program under the Human Resource Management Branch and the Selangor Foundation parallel to the efforts of the state government in developing a Smart State with Smart Education, providing better education facilities and access to students. Students will be able to access tuition programs and educational video recordings on the computer or their smartphone, replaying them as many times as they need, on any topic they want.
This online tuition is open to all students from Primary 4 all the way to Secondary 5.
BURSA TOP 20: Who’s The most charitable?