ALOR SETAR – A total of 24,038 newborn babies in Kedah have benefited from the state government’s Childbirth Incentive Scheme (IKA) started in 2015 with RM100 given to each child.
Chairman of the state Women and Family Development, Social Welfare, Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, and Entrepreneur Development Committee Datuk Suraya Yaacob aIso said this amounted to an allocation of RM2.4 million.
“Babies who meet the set conditions will get a RM80-voucher of baby products and RM20 in a National Education Savings Scheme (SSPN-i) account, which are given to lighten the financial burden of the parents.
“However, there are still many parents who have not applied, maybe because they do not know how to. They can get the application forms from the Social Welfare Department or any maternity hospitals within six months,” she told reporters here today.
Earlier, Suraya paid a visit to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital to present the IKA scheme donations to five newly-born baby girls and four baby boys in conjunction with the 2018 New Year celebrations.
Meanwhile, Cristina Som Sumsak, 25, from Kuala Nerang said she did not expect her second child to be born today as she was due on Dec 31 (yesterday).
“I gave birth to my son at 3.30 am and am thankful that all went well even though my baby was born one day later than expected,” she said.
Siti Najwa Zainon, 21, from Mergong said she had planned to save in the National Education Savings Scheme for the future of her eldest child’s education.
“I am very happy that my daughter was safely born at 5 am today, making her a new-year baby because she was actually due next week on Jan 8,” she said. – BERNAMA