iSarawakCare Mobile Apps officially launched

Posted on : 08 Mar 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (third right), flanked by Fatimah on his right and Assistant Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Rosey Yunus, at the launching ceremony, while others look on. — Photo by Roystein Emmor

KUCHING: iSarawakCare Mobile Apps has been officially launched as the Sarawak government moves forward, focusing on innovation, quality, accessibility and efficiency for the benefits of its people.

Launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, the app will contain information on government assistance through the Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development.

Its minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said the ministry had been working with Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) and Socoe Sdn Bhd to digitalize all their major services into an online application.

She noted that the priority rollout began with high impact services to go online, followed by many more to come.

“This will enable faster service delivery to Sarawakians,” she said at the launch of Sarawak Women X Global Innovative Entrepreneurship at BCCK here yesterday.

Fatimah said upon registering the apps, people would be notified for all types of grants and assistance they are eligible for under the ministry over their lifespan.

The mobile app also features information function, so people can have true and accurate information from the ministry.

Fatimah believed the app could reduce the management cost, improve management efficiency, greatly promote synergy between different departments, and improve the efficiency of service delivery.

She, however, said this was not the end of offline period but a coexistence between online and offline as the government strives to empower all the various parts of Sarawak to have digital connectivity through network accessibility.

On other subject, Faimah said more than 17,000 Kenyalang Gold Cards (KGC) had been printed.

She said her ministry would distribute the cards with the help of government and non-governmental organizations.

She said the Sarawak government had approved an allocation of RM24,493,635 million for the KGC

“As of March 4, we have received 133,342 applications, which is 40 per cent of 334,500 senior citizens based on the 2020 Population statistics,” she said.

The card, which was also launched by the chief minister yesterday, provides privileges and benefits, such as discounts on products and services, for Sarawakians aged 60 and above.

It also offers compassionate assistance of RM3,000 to cover funeral expenses on the death of cardholders who do not have next-of-kin, or come from poor families.