Ada Astro – Tiada Bantuan Kebajikan April 22, 2009Posted by ibrahimbaba in akhbar, masalah sosial, sosial.
Tags: Astro, bantuan, kebajikan, TV
IB setuju untuk batalkan bantuan dari Jabatan Kebajikan jika mereka melanggani Astro. Sebahagian dari apa yang dilaporkan oleh NST (di bawah) disokong oleh IB.
Jika mereka mampu untuk melanggani Astro – kenapa perlu bantuan kebajikan dihulurkan.
IB amat hairan ramai dari rakyat Malaysia yang tergila melanggani Astro walhal kemampuan kewangan mereka tidak mengizinkan. Lebih banyak lagi keperluan lain untuk keluarga yang perlu didahului tetapi mereka tetap melanggani Astro.
Bayangkan berapa buah buku dapat dibeli dari yuran langganan setahun Astro. Berapa banyak keperluan persekolahan anak-anak mereka dapat dipenuhi jika tidak dihabiskan kepada langganan Astro? Berapa tin susu anak dapat dibeli untuk nilai langganan Astro setiap bulan?
IB sedih, apabila melawat kawasan-kawasan pendalaman serta melihat kawasan-kawasan setinggan, mahu pun di perumahan kos rendah yang dipenuhi dengan cakera satelit Astro. Di manakah keutamaa mereka?
Semasa IB menuntut di luar negara dahulu, IB dapati masih ramai dari kalangan masyarakat mereka yang sekadar menonton TV saluran-saluran percuma dan tidak melanggani “cable TV”.
Namun, mungkin Jabatan Kebajikan perlu memperhalusi kriteria dan syarat untuk dilaksanakan agar mereka ini tidak pula dianiayai. Mungkin kes seperti di bawah ini perlu dipertimbangankan dengan wajarnya.
Got Astro or TV? Sorry, no welfare aid for you
KUALA LUMPUR: The words “disabled, Astro” and “aid” cannot occur in the same sentence, as far as the Welfare Department is concerned.
The department bars the disabled from getting welfare aid if they have Astro or a television set at home.
The rule applies even if one lives in someone else’s house, temporarily or otherwise.
S. Karupanan, 73, found this out the hard way three months ago when the department cut the RM200 aid to him as he was temporarily staying in a house which “had Astro service”.
The department had paid for surgery on one knee and promised to underwrite the cost of the operation on the other knee.
But while awaiting the second surgery, he moved into his daughter’s house and his troubles began.
Welfare officers who came to visit him saw red when they chanced upon the Astro connection and immediately withdrew the aid.
For K. Shanmugam, 51, who applied for welfare assistance in 2005 on becoming paralysed, it has been a string of “no’s” from the department for aid.
His mistake, he believes, was his honest reply when asked if he had a television set and Astro at home.
“That’s the first question they asked. When I said I had both, they immediately said that I was not eligible for assistance as there were others poorer than me.”
The former crane driver, who was earning RM2,000 in Singapore when a motorcycle accident four years ago left him paralysed, was baffled by the department’s decision.
He said that the bills of the family of six were paid by relatives who realised that he only had Astro to keep him company when the children were out of the house.
“I cannot work. The only pleasure in my life now is the Astro service,” he said.
Another extreme case is that of a a disabled 40-year-old, paralysed from the neck downwards, who lives with her partly-paralysed mother.
The disabled woman, who declined to be identified, decided against applying for an Astro connection after being warned by a welfare officer that they would cut aid to them if she did so.
What she cannot understand is why they would do so as Astro was the “only” company she and her mother could have at home.
“We cannot leave our house and we live on donations and welfare aid. What’s wrong if some people who sympathise want to get us an Astro connection?”
Welfare director-general Datuk Meme Zainal Rashid could not be reached for comment.