Fatimah says her ministry will work closely with federal counterpart
KUCHING: The state Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development is ready to work closely with its federal counterparts in Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Welfare headed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Its minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said it is essential that there is good cooperation between the two ministries for the common benefit and wellbeing of the people.
“Whoever gets appointed to the post, we will cooperate. My ministry in particular and the state government in general will cooperate not only with this new Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Welfare but also with the new federal government.
“This is because we follow the federalism or federal system, with Sarawak being part of this system. This means the federal government is actually obliged to provide allocation to the people of Sarawak,” she said yesterday.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday announced in a press conference in Petaling Jaya that Dr Wan Azizah will handle the Women’s Affairs and Welfare portfolio.
Fatimah, who is also state Barisan Nasional ( BN) Wanita chief, said it is the responsibility of the federal government to provide allocation to every state.
“No matter who forms the government, be it BN before or Pakatan Harapan ( PH) now, this principle of federalism must be followed,” she said.
She also hoped that the welfare policies that were implemented under the previous BN government would be continued.
On her ministry’s part, she said they would continue the Program Sejambak Kasih held every festive season to reach out and hand out festive gifts to the identified underprivileged groups.
“Hopefully, the assistance to the target groups will continue. Let’s wait until their policies are announced before I can comment further,” she added.