Friday, June 13, 2008

Selangor plans fund for babies - The Star

SHAH ALAM: Ju 13, 2008

To mark its 100 days in office, the Selangor Government wants to set up a fund to meet the welfare needs of babies born from Jan 1.

The criteria on who is eligible for such aid would be announced in detail by Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim during a Pakatan Rakyat gathering at Shah Alam Stadium on June 20.

Other programmes include aid to the elderly and needy such as the distribution of rice to them.

University students from the state can also expect some form of aid to pursue their education.

Khalid’s political secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad told a press conference yesterday that the programmes would focus on ensuring that the welfare of needy people in Selangor was taken care of.

He said parents of babies born from Jan 1 could register at the stadium during the gathering.

According to Nik Nazmi, the state government had bought rice to be distributed to those eligible under the state’s welfare scheme.

He said the programmes were meant to create a platform for the the state’s revenue to be shared among the people.

He said the state government would also make public its successes, including the distribution of free water, during its first 100 days in office.

PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, its president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang are expected to be present to address the gathering.

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