Clean up e-Kasih – Sabah Umno Youth
by Murib Morpi. Posted on June 24, 2012, Sunday
KOTA KINABALU: A call has been made to clean up the e-Kasih of irregularities, to ensure that only truly eligible candidates are listed.
Sabah Umno Youth exco, Jamawi Jaafar, said this was important to ensure that government assistance channelled through the e-Kasih system reached the intended target groups.
“The registration of e-Kasih too needs to be transformed, and a study and thorough cleansing of the list must be carried out.
“This is because the government channels assistance under various poverty eradication programmes using the data from the system, and if this is not done the effort to help those at grassroots level would be affected,” he said.
Speaking to reporters after officiating at a 1Azam course here Friday night, Jamawi said there have been cases where ineligible individuals being included in a poverty eradication programme because their names were listed in e-Kasih.
He explained that this probably happened after the individuals were listed a few years back when they met all the criteria set but their names were not taken out from the list even after they had improved their livelihood above the poverty line.
“There are even individuals who are now working with the government as civil servants but still on the list. This has caused dissatisfaction among those who actually need the assistance but not getting it because they are not yet listed.
“This is not good not only because it is unfair but it can also cause misconception among the people that the government is not transparent and practising double standard in implementing e-Kasih,” he said.
On a related development, Jamawi who is also Tenom Umno Youth chief, said the movement had taken the initiative to help monitor and facilitate the progress of 1Azam participants.
“We have introduced a programme where Umno Youth members adopt the participants to monitor and guide them along the way.
The participants will be monitored for six months and if they have the potential we will help them expand their operations and get the necessary assistance, including financial and technical support from the related agencies.
“This is in line with the government’s aspirations to see the rural communities progress and participate in the economy, similar to their counterparts in the urban areas,” he said.
He added that the new approach was also in tandem with the call from the Barisan Nasional’s leadership for all leaders to go to the ground more often and engage the people in all aspects of their lives.
Jamawi also urged those who qualified for e-Kasih to come forward to register their names and keep a close contact with their respective district offices for information and updates on poverty eradication programmes being implemented in their areas.