KUCHING: The State Welfare Department is expected to undergo a restructuring soon in order to provide better welfare services to the needy in society.
Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said the restructuring proposal was now ready and will be submitted to the State Cabinet for approval.
“I will try to present the working papers in the next Cabinet meeting in July and we hope that it will get the nod from the state government,” she said.
She said this when speaking to reporters at the closing of the Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) management course at a leading hotel here yesterday.
Earlier in her speech, Fatimah said that there was a pressing need for a restructuring in the State Welfare Department in view of the increasing population who required assistance and attention every year.
She said the Welfare Department was also among those with the widest job scope and looks after the most agencies, coping with its present strength of 259 staff and officers.
“Despite the constraint we are glad that the department had been able to perform its function satisfactorily but undeniably we still have a very long way to go and to improve our delivery service we feel that is vital need for the department to undergo a restructuring,” she said.
She said that the government on its part had always been sensitive to the needs of the less fortunate by continuously giving grants for various development programmes.
However, she said, the grants will not be meaningful if there was no one to implement the programmes.
Among those present at the occasion yesterday were Assistant Early Childhood Education and Family Development Minister Rosey Yunus and State Welfare Department director Noriah Ahmad.
At the ceremony Fatimah also presented assistance to the various CBR from throughout the state.
Source: The Borneo Post