PETALING JAYA: The new cashless social assistance JKMPay, which has received some bricking from various groups, will be reassessed by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development.
His Minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun (Photo) said a committee would be formed to reassess the implementation and that any concerns would be addressed.
“We will go through the concerns thoroughly and will soon call OKU (persons with disabilities) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for discussions.
“The goal of this cashless program is to create a digitally savvy community among our OKU friends and seniors.
“We urge people to give this program a chance,” she said in a statement.
Several OKU NGOs had submitted a memorandum of protest to Rina on Jan. 25, deeming JKMPay “not beneficial” to them.
Rina had since said they would conduct another round of studies on the cashless program.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Chairman of the Independent Living and Training Center (ILTC), G. Francis Siva, said the Department of Social Welfare (JKM) should immediately halt the implementation of JKMPay until the problem is solved.
He said JKMPay was made without consulting any OKU group. As such, he said, it was best to put the program on hold because it had a direct impact on OKU’s life.
“It has been some time since we submitted the memorandum and we look forward to making our voices and concerns heard.
“The minister does not walk in our place; she doesn’t really understand how helpless we are. If she hears our opinion and does nothing, then it’s just ridiculous,” he said.
Asked about the MyDaftar OKU online platform, Francis said the new system is much better than the manual form filling method.
He said OKU’s online registration cuts out a lot of paperwork and is disability-friendly, as it won’t require moving from office to office.
According to Rina, in the last two months alone, 13,715 people signed up through MyDaftar OKU. The ministry will also contact more families and NGOs to help them register their family members.
On this subject, Francis said that it would be good if the ministry provided job opportunities and training to OKU to work with them in JKM or other programs.
“I think it is high time to give us such opportunities because we can identify with other OKUs. We can help convince the family or individuals to seek help.
“We can also help them with their political decisions,” he said.
The JKMPay is a 50% cash and 50% cashless program for new beneficiaries of JKM which was carried out as a pilot project in February 2021.
Respondents to the pilot program revealed that 80% were in favor of JKMPay, Rina had claimed.
JKMPay was first implemented in JKM Perlis and District Welfare Offices (PKMDs) in Kubang Pasu and Kota Setar, Kedah, as well as Melaka Tengah.
It was later extended to Kedah, Melaka, Terengganu, Kelantan and Selangor.
The second phase of the program started earlier this year in Sabah and Labuan, while phase three will start next year in the other states.