BiKUM chairman Datuk Dr. Shamsul Anuar. (pix by SADDAM YUSOFF)

KUALA SELANGOR: Umno Welfare Bureau (BiKUM) today delivered assistance to over 5,000 recipients including single mothers and orphans during its Umno Bantu Rakyat 2.0 in three districts, here.

The aid, distributed in Sabak Bernam, Tanjong Karang, and Hulu Bernam, include basic necessity items and cash contribution in the form of National Education Savings Scheme (SSPN-i) account deposits.

BiKUM chairman Datuk Dr. Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said the programme was the 43rd series they have conducted in Selangor as an effort by Umno and Barisan Nasional to reach out to the people.

"This mission to assist the people will be a continuous effort, and we will be consistent in reaching out to those in need. We are a government that truly cares of the people's welfare, what we do here is not seasonal for the election," he said earlier today.

Shamsul, who is also the chairman of National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN), spoke to reporters after the programme launch in Tanjong Karang, here. Also present was Selangor BN chairman Tan Sri Noh Omar.

He said the SSPN-i account deposits, aimed at helping families save for their children's education, saw each child receiving RM100 in their accounts as a start.

Shamsul said when each children's saving reaches RM500, they would receive another RM500 in the account.

A recipient of the assistance Amiza Mohd Amir, 35, said she felt moved when her eldest child was chosen to be a participant for the education savings aid organised by BiKUM.

"Alhamdulillah, I did not expect this. I believe this will also be a good starting point for my son, who is in Standard One, to learn about saving.

"I hope that this programme would be continued to help other families especially those with many children," she said.

Another recipient Nurfaezah Zulkefli, 24, said she hoped that the government would continue their efforts to aid the rakyat especially those who live in rural areas.

"The SSPN-i assistance programme would come in handy for parents who would need to fork out a lot of money when their children pursues higher education.

"I am really thankful to the government and Umno for their concerns. My children are also happy that they now have their own SSPN-i accounts."

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