KUCHING (Bernama) – The Sarawak government has allocated RM40 million for babies born in the state this year through the Sarawak endowment fund (EFS).
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the amount was based on the state’s annual average birth rate statistics.
“As long as the state is well-sustained, everything will be given back to the people, so that everyone will have a bright future,” he said at the launch and presentation of EFS yesterday.
A total of 55 couples from around the city with babies who were born from January 1 to 7, this year, were celebrated at the event yesterday where they received RM1,000 each.
Meanwhile, State Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Child Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the state government during the tabling of the 2019 state budget had announced a RM1,000 contribution for each Sarawakian born this year.
“For each child born to Malaysian parents, holders of MyKad ‘K’ status and born in Sarawak, they are eligible for EFS, irrespective of race, religion or socio-economic status, and registration should be made within a year after birth,” she said.
“The EFS is for educational purposes and for the children’s future,” she said in her welcoming speech.
One of the mothers, Falisca Sanatha, 35, who gave birth to twin daughters – Ju Leanne Jayna Subramani and Joy Anna Jayne Subramani – on January 2 this year, said she welcomed the state government’s move and it was a good effort for the sake of her children’s future.
“The RM1,000 contribution will be for my children’s educational fund as we do not know how the family’s economy will be in the future,” she said.