KUALA TERENGGANU – The Terengganu government has set aside RM10 million for a special welfare fund known as the Darul Iman Fund asÂ part of efforts to help people in the state in times of misfortune and who need medical help.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said the fund has also received an additional injection of RM5.1 million from the Terengganu Religious and Malay Customs Council (Maidam).
“The Darul Iman fund is a merger of three existing funds namely the Darul Iman fund, the Chronic Disease Assistance fund and Medical Social Welfare fund aimed at systematically and efficiently managing and coordinating aid.
“The merger is to avoid duplication, irregularities or delays in providing assistance to those in need,” he told reporters after launching the fund secretariat office at Jalan Sultan Ismail, near here, today.
Present were state secretary Datuk Osman Muda and state Health, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Datuk Muhammad Pehimi Yusof.
Ahmad Razif said besides the allocation from the state government, which would be increased from time to time, contributions from government-linked companies, private companies and individuals were also most welcomed.
“Therefore, people need not worry even in the unstable economic situation, the state government will never cut spending to help people,” he said.
He said all completed applications would be processed and the money would be channeled to the applicant within 15 days.
The fund provides two types of assistance namely aid to those in times of misfortune such as storms, hurricanes, fires, tornadoes, wild animal attacks and livestock or crops diseases.
Medical assistance will be given to applicants who suffer from chronic diseases, implant surgeries and the purchase of medicines which are not on the list of the Health Ministry.
Further information on the Darul Iman fund can be obtained at www.terengganu.gov.my. – BERNAMA