KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 — In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, a non-profit humanitarian organisation, Tzu Chi Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, has launched the “Kita1Keluarga” relief programme to bring Malaysians together in helping those in dire need.
Through the donation drive, the organisation aims to raise sufficient funds for 3,000 poor families in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya by providing them with financial assistance for three consecutive months from September to November.
It is estimated that each household will receive a monthly aid of between RM500 and RM800 per month according to the family situation and will be visited by Tzu Chi volunteers during the three-month period.
Applicants must meet certain criteria, where they must be Malaysian citizens or permanent residents living in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor or Putrajaya and who are financially impacted by the pandemic, with their total household income reduced by 50 per cent or more.
Besides that, the total family income before the pandemic must not exceed RM3,000, or total personal income of less than RM1,500 if there is only one person in a household, and they are currently not receiving cash assistance from any non-governmental organisations.
Tzu Chi “Kita1Keluarga” applications are open from July 12 to 18 midnight, and those who can meet the application criteria can apply online via the website at https://www.tzuchi.my/Kita1Keluarga. The results will be announced after Aug 17.
“The COVID-19 virus does not discriminate between young and old or rich and poor, with everyone being at risk of infection. We need the strength of every Malaysian regardless of race and religion to come forward, stand united and reach out to our fellow Malaysians who are in dire need to subsist.
“With loving-kindness, compassion and selfless giving, we can uplift the spirit of humanity and humility to bring peace and harmony to our society. In doing so, we stand united as one nation to overcome this wave of the pandemic,” Tzu Chi said in a statement.