Over 62,000 benefitted from ‘Anjung Kasih’ project

GEORGE TOWN (Bernama) – The Penang National Welfare Foundation (YKN)’s Anjung Kasih or temporary shelter project which began in 2006 for families of patients undergoing treatment at government hospitals has benefitted 62,551 people.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said to date there are 10 YKN Anjung Kasih throughout the country and the shelter in Penang which began operation on January 9 had been used by 103 guests yesterday.

“Four more YKN Anjung Kasihs will be operational this year at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar (Kedah), Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru, Duchess of Kent Sandakan Hospital (Sabah) and Melaka Hospital,” she said when opening Anjung Kasih YKN in Penang Hospital.

According to her, the government had allocated RM6.9 million for the overall cost of Anjung Kasih which also received RM1.6 million in support from corporate social responsibility programmes of government-linked companies (GLC), corporate companies and other caring contributors.

“In the past three years, YKN has received RM3.6 million from GLCs and the corporate sector and this year, Anjung Kasih has already received RM1.9 million in contributions,” she said.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail signs the plaque at the official opening ceremony of the Penang National Welfare Foundation (YKN) Anjung Kasih yesterday. – BERNAMA