Welfare group Hope Place Kuching (Hope) has urged several physically challenged villagers from Long Lamam in Baram to seek assistance from the State Welfare Department with regards to their stateless status immediately.
Without a MyKad, they lose out on the many types of assistance offered by the government, said Hope founder Kelvin Wan.
On Friday, Hope visited Miri Welfare Department just to pursue the matter on behalf of the stateless villagers.
“The main reason of paying the officers the visit on Dec 2 is to help the disabled in Long Lamam to submit their application forms.
“On July 2016 under the charity event ‘Charity Without Borders No. 4.1’ we visited Long Lamam and found out that a few disabled villagers are without OKU (disabled persons) cards. They needed help.
“The village chieftain requested Hope’s help to submit the relevant information and list of applicant names to Miri Welfare Department,” said Wan in a press statement yesterday, adding that most of the villagers, if not all, are Penans.
Hope carries out aid deliveries once every two months to the poor, needy and disabled based on their recipients list.
Currently, Hope supports more than 150 families.
The Penans in Long Lamam in Baram, Miri are among the group’s registered recipients.
For more detailed information, Hope can be reached at 013-5672775 and 082-683378 from 8.30am-12pm and 2pm-5pm, Mondays-Fridays.
Members of the public who wish to make cash donations are welcomed to do so and advised to get acknowledgment receipts from Hope staff here upon showing proof of deposit.
Cash donation may be made to Persatuan Kebajikan Harapan Kuching (Maybank account no. 5112-8900-1160).
Source : The Borneo Post Online