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