KUALA SELANGOR: The Selangor government has decided to discontinue “wang khairat kematian” (death benefit payments) for its citizens as it will be introducing the Skim Mesra Usia Emas (SMUE), a scheme for senior citizens, on April 30.
Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari said that there would be no payments made upon the death of anyone aged 60 years or above from the state, adding that the new scheme is meant for senior citizens to enjoy benefits while they are alive.
“The state government wants senior citizens to benefit from the revenue the state earns,” he told reporters after attending the Jelajah Maju Bersama Menteri Besar Selangor, in the Kuala Selangor district here, today.
Amirudin said that senior citizens who wanted to enjoy SMUE benefits must be registered.
“SMUE’s annual ‘Jom Shopping’, vouchers amounting to RM100, would enable senior citizens to buy essential items ahead of the festive season,” he added.
Under the scheme, the state government expects more than 200,000 senior citizens in Selangor to enjoy the benefits while they are living.
Amirudin said that the state government would be allocating RM20 million a year for this scheme.
As for senior citizens who registered under the SMUE and who passed away before April 30, their next of kin could claim the death benefit payment amounting to RM2,500 before May 31 this year.
Meanwhile, Amirudin said the state government would temporarily stop the Kasih Ibu Smart Selangor (KISS) and Skim Peduli Sihat (SPS) programmes for the purpose of updating the data of its recipients.
He said both programmes would be halted for a month to obtain confirmation of the list of eligible recipients.
“Updates for the KISS programme would be carried out from June 1 to July 1, while the SPS updates would be from May 1 to June 1.
“We want to ensure that only those eligible and in real need will benefit. This is based on the verification process and through cross-checking against the list of those getting the Cost of Living Allowance or e-Kasih System recipients,” he said.