JOHOR BARU, January 1, 2020: Revellers to a countdown party last night were urged to take advantage of the mySalam scheme which now covers the middle income (M40) group starting from today.
The programme aimed at helping the poor who were diagnosed with one of the 45 critical illnesses was initially opened only to the B40 group.
The list of critical illnesses had also recently been increased from 36 to 45 which includes terminal illnesses and polio. The age of those entitled was also raised to 65 from 55 and five military hospitals and five university hospitals were later added to the list of government hospitals..
Skudai state assemblyman Tan Hong Pin in his speech to the revellers at the car park area of Sutera Mall here, said the national insurance scheme was, however, underutilised since it was launched last year.
“Everyone of you are either very healthy or there is a lack of awareness about this scheme,” Tan said.
Those diagnosed with one of the critical illnesses, could make their claims via www.mysalam.com.my or approach the ministry or their local council for assistance in making their claims online.
“Now that it includes the M40 group, I hope more people will utilise the scheme,” Tan said to the crowd of about 8,000 who had turned up for the countdown party, organised by Tanah Sutera Development Sdn Bhd.
The mySalam programme provides a one-off contribution of RM8,000 directly to those suffering from any of the critical illnesses covered under the scheme, including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and polio.
Those eligible will also get RM50 daily for 14 days should they be admitted to Health Ministry hospitals. This is limited to a maximum of RM700 per year.
Also present was Johor Baru north district police chief ACP Mohd Taib Ahmad.
On a separate matter, Tan also called on the public to give suggestions on how they would want his public service allocations to be utilised.
“Resident associations, non-governmental organisations and members of the public are welcomed to go to his Facebook page to voice their suggestions.
“I want the people in Skudai to decide how should the money be used, and help me in planning a series of activities for the people,” he said.
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