FINANCIAL AID FOR NEWSPAPER DISTRIBUTORS
MEMBERS of the Perak Indian Newspaper Distributors Association will automatically be registered under the states Tabarruk Insurance Scheme from now on.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said the scheme would help ease the burden of members who no longer had sources of income due to retirement or old age.
The family members of those who have passed away will also get RM2,000 under the scheme, he said during a dinner with the association at his official residence last Friday.
Big crowd: The Perak Indian Newspaper Distributors Association members dinner in progress.
Tabarruk is a charity insurance scheme by state welfare arm, Yayasan Bina Upaya, to help the needy and underprivileged as part of its efforts to eradicate poverty.
During the dinner, Dr Zambry had also pledged a RM50,000 allocation towards the association for its needy members.
I am aware it is not easy to care for their families with the wages that they earn, he said.
Dr Zambry also praised the vendors for their dedication in their work to ensure the public received their newspapers early in the morning.
I am told they have to wake up as early as 3.30am to get to work.
They need to stack the newspapers before sending them to readers on motorcycles.
As a politician, I need to read the newspapers early in the morning to know what is happening around the country and the world, he added.
In response to the associations invitation for him to launch its service centre, Dr Zambry said he would definitely find time to do so.
The service centre, to be set up at the associations headquarters on Jalan Chung Thye Phin in Ipoh, is aimed at solving the problems of members, provide information about government policies that would benefit them and also to hold motivation and revision classes for students.
SUMBER : THESTAR