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e-Kasih enumerators to come a’knocking

ENUMERATORS for e-Kasih, the database of poor and hardcore poor in Malaysia, will be going around the State to collect fresh data on the target groups from this month until the end of the year.

Minister of Welfare, Women, and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said 106 new enumerators would work on updating the database during this latest exercise to ensure that all poor and hardcore poor receive the food aid that they require.

The updating work will also ensure that only those who genuinely deserve welfare aid receive it.

Datuk Fatimah said the enumerators must be from the respective divisions and be well-versed on where to go and who to target.

She added that they need not be community leaders but must have at least a Form 5 qualification. This would mean employment for quite a few locals during the data collection period.

It is good to know that again concrete efforts are being made to ensure that the poor and disenfranchised in the State are taken care of.

Under the eKasih, those with household incomes of less than RM1,000 a month in rural areas and RM1,500 in urban areas will be registered in the database.

Families who qualify can actually register through the portal, or more likely have their community leaders or elected representatives help them to register through the e-Kasih portal. The portal also allows for the checking of details for those who have already been registered.

To learn more about e-Kasih go to https://www.ekasih.gov.my/Pages/Default.aspx.

How The Star reported it:

Updating e-Kasih data 

By Vanes Devindran

KUCHING: One hundred and six new enumerators will knock on doors throughout Sarawak to collect fresh e-Kasih data from this month till the end of December.

Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said the enumerators would then feed the data to statisticians to update the database on the state’s food aid programme for the poor and hardcore poor.

“The enumerators must be from their respective divisions and be well-versed on where and who to target. They need not be community leaders but must have at least Form 5 qualification,” she told reporters after launching the State Welfare Department’s 5S programme here yesterday.

She said the state was aware that the data collection needed to continue as there were discrepancies in the current database.

Some beneficiaries on the list did not deserve the aid while genuine cases had been left out, she added.

The number of beneficiaries did not tally with the poverty level in the state, she said.

“In my Dalat constituency, only 200 are registered as poor or hardcore poor but this does not make sense because I go to the ground all the time and I know there is more than that.

“As such, the database needs to be re-examined to ensure the department covers the state well to help the needy,” she said.

Earlier in her speech, Fatimah said the department had to redefine its approaches.

Instead of struggling to offer assistance under a limited budget, the department had to work smart by forming collaborations with other agencies, particularly the private sector and individuals, she added.

She said there was a need to welcome more collaboration and volunteers to achieve the nation’s aim for all to live above the poverty line.

Welfare workers needed to be mentally and emotionally well to be able to comfort the needy, she said.

“I know that caring for the welfare of society is not an easy job. There are cases that make us sad or we can be moved by their stories.

“However, one needs to be in control of one’s emotions to do a good job in helping the less fortunate,” she added.

One way to do this was to take pride in one’s job and keep in mind that the aim was to help improve the lives of the less fortunate in whatever way possible, she said.

The department has records on 43,881 welfare beneficiaries in Sarawak of whom most are old folk from Sibu.

It hopes to achieve the 5S accreditation and a workplace organisation methodology in sorting, straightening, systematic cleaning, standardising, and sustaining by May next year.

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