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SMAS urges govt to act before single mothers PPR woes worsen

14th March, 2016

KOTA KINABALU: Single mothers, despite the growing number, have difficulty securing approvals for houses either through the People’s Housing Project (PPR) or the Housing Project for the Hardcore Poor.

The Single Mothers Association of Sabah (SMAS) has urged the government to provide an alternative to assist the single mothers before the problem worsens.

“We certainly feel disappointed and sad when there are still single mothers who fail to get the assistance provided by the government, including the program Azam Niaga, just because they didn’t register with ‘e-kasih’.

“Single mothers should be given the opportunity to benefit from the government’s support. Without this assistance, we fear that other problems will crop up in the future, such as health issues and abandoned children, said Datuk Rosimah Zakaria, chairperson of SMAS.

She was speaking at the SMAS general meeting held at the Yaho hotel in Sembulan here yesterday.

The event was officiated by Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid. In her speech Jainab said the government was always ready to help single mothers but they needed to follow certain procedures when applying for assistance.

“Single mothers are one of the largest groups categorised as poor because most of them are not well educated. Efforts to help improve their fate will take a long time and requires a specific approach.

“Therefore all parties should be involved and support programmes that can help the well-being of women,” she said. – By Noor Eviana Datu Mazinal

   
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