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Friday, May 13, 2022

Rina visits ailing mum, pledges extra RM500 aid


Women, family and community development minister Rina Harun talking to V Thenmoli at her home in Sepang today.

SEPANG: The welfare department (JKM) will be providing an extra RM500 a month to V Thenmoli to alleviate her financial burden, says women, family and community development minister Rina Harun.

She hoped the extra cash will help the ailing mother of two, who suffers from a blood clot disorder that affects her breathing.

Before this, JKM was providing her RM350 in welfare aid.

“We are glad that this issue has been brought to our attention.

“Thenmoli and her children will be able to use the extra money for their daily necessities,” she said at Thenmoli’s home.

However, Rina said financial assistance alone was not sufficient to help the family.

“A more holistic and sustainable approach is required. We plan to speak to the children’s teachers to gauge their needs to be able to do well in their studies,” she said.

“Our assistance to this family won’t stop here.”

Besides the cash aid, the ministry, through Yayasan Kebajikan Negara, had also contributed some food, a stand fan and a table-and-chair set for the children to study.

FMT had published an article on May 10 about Thenmoli’s struggle to provide for her five-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son, who are trying their best to care for their mother.

Thanks to the generosity of the public, a total of RM23,000 was raised as of May 11. A portion of the cash was used to settle a year’s rent and the utility bills, and pay for a month’s supply of oxygen tanks.

Rina also told reporters that the ministry was looking into enacting a bill to recognise the tasks performed by JKM officers and those in the field of social work.

“We want to enhance the aid we provide to those in need and not just provide a one-off financial solution. That is why this bill is important and necessary,” she said.

The bill is currently being drafted and is expected to be ready by next year. - FMT

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