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Senior Citizens Appreciation Program

March 9th, 2012

Dear fellow Penangites,


Once again, the Penang Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government fulfills our promise through our Senior Citizens Appreciation Program, where RM 100 is paid annually to all registered Penang voters above 60 years old born either in year 1952 or before. This annual program was begun since 2010 in appreciation of all your contributions towards Penang’s success.

To date, a total of 135,220 senior citizens have registered for his appreciation program with a total of RM 27.1 million been paid to registgred senior citizens, including a one off payment of RM1000 to beneficiaries of deceased registered senior citizens.

The Penang Pakatan Rakyat (PR) State Government is able ts make this payment as a result of our prudent budgeting, strict savings and CAT-based governance of Competency, Accountability and Transparency. The yearly budget surpluses and the 95% debt reduction from RM630 million in 8 March 2008 to RM 30 million in 31 December 2011 demonstrates the success of a clean government. Penang has been praised by Transparency lnternational, a first for any state governrnent in Malaysia and the Auditor General’s Report for three (3) consecutive years.

With the mandate given by you, the Penang PR State Government shares our success togeiher with the following achievements:

  1. RM 1,000 one-off contributions to the beneficiaries on the demise of registered senior citizens.
  2. Single Mother and Disabled Person Program were launched last year where the registered single mother and disabled person in Penang will be given RM 100.00 payment annually and on their demise RM1000 one-off contribution to their beneficiaries.
  3. For the Golden Child Program, babies born from 1 January 2011 will be given a one-off payment of RM 200.00.
  4. A Golden Student program of annual RM100 payments ta prirnary and secondary students in Standard 1 and 4, Form 1 and 4 (including independent private schools and religious schools)

Most importantly, the PR Penang state government is paying you every year, not once every 5 years as this is not a naked attempt to buy votes but to demonstrate your courage in choosing a clean government. This annual sum yolr receive is an anti-corruption dividend, which you did not receive in the past due to the previous culture of corruption.

May Penang continue be blessed with happiness, health and prosperity. God Bless You.

Yours faithfully,
Chief minister of Penang



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