Fatimah says her min­istry will work closely with fed­eral coun­ter­part

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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.

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