GOVT TO PRO­VIDE FUNDS TO AID NGOS

PM lauds vol­un­tary groups’ ef­forts to take care of cit­i­zens’ wel­fare

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THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is pre­pared to pro­vide as­sis­tance in the form of funds or in­fra­struc­ture to non-govern­men­tal or vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said reg­is­tered vol­un­tary groups could ap­ply for grants through the Wel­fare Depart­ment.

“There are grants such as ad­min­is­tra­tive grants, ra­tions, spe­cial al­lowances for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, ren­o­va­tion grants, as well as spe­cial grants for dis­abled stu­dents,” he said in a post on www.na­ji­brazak.com yes­ter­day.

He said the gov­ern­ment also pro­vided spe­cial aid to NGOs for women, fam­ily and so­cial de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes.

He said reg­is­tered vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions could also ap­ply for tax exemption.

He said there were more than 32 mil­lion Malaysians and the set­ting up of more NGOs would en­sure that none of the needy es­caped gov­ern­ment at­ten­tion.

“It is im­pos­si­ble for the gov­ern­ment and gov­ern­ment-linked agen­cies to han­dle the wel­fare of ev­ery ci­ti­zen.

“It is for this rea­son that NGOs ex­ist, the vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions that do not make any profit tak­ing care of the wel­fare of the less for­tu­nate, such as the home­less, el­derly and or­phans.”

Na­jib said the gov­ern­ment greatly ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of NGOs in help­ing the peo­ple with­out ex­pect­ing any­thing in re­turn.

He said the gov­ern­ment hoped to co­op­er­ate with NGOs so that more wel­fare pro­grammes could be rolled out for those in need.

PIC BY AB­DUL­LAH YU­SOF

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi greet­ing the Orang Asli com­mu­nity in Sun­gai Tiang, Lem­bah Ber­tam, Cameron High­lands, yes­ter­day.

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