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Saturday, 26 May 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Eager to work together with DPM

MIRI: The Sarawak Barisan Nasional state government wants to work closely with the Pakatan Harapan Federal Government on welfare, women, family and community issues.

State Welfare, Women, Family and Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said politics would be set aside in such regards.

“I will be going to Putrajaya to pay a courtesy visit to the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who is the national minister in charge of welfare, women and family and community development.

“My ministry at the state level wants to work with her ministry at the federal level to improve the living standard of the needy in Sarawak.

“When it comes to the wellbeing of the grassroots, especially the needy and less fortunate, it should transcend all considerations including race, religion and party politics,” she said.

She added that politics would not affect state-federal ties in matters relating to welfare, family and community.

“Dr Wan Azizah becoming the DPM is a historic achievement for women in Malaysia.

“I am sure she will be effective in her duties and the people in my ministry look forward to meeting her personally soon,” she said at a press conference yesterday.

Fatimah was at Dynasty Hotel Miri to hand out Gawai Dayak foodstuffs donated by the hotel and welfare cash donations to more than 200 needy folk.

Fatimah said her ministry would want to draw up plans with Dr Wan Azizah on future moves to help the less fortunate and the poor.

She praised Dynasty Hotel Miri for being at the forefront of charity works during every festive celebration.

“The hotel has done so much for charity by donating foodstuffs to the less fortunate.

“The management donates during every Gawai, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Christmas and Chinese New Year without fail every year.

“It has been doing these charity projects for years and the welfare department gives cash, which is very helpful for those in need,” she said.

Fatimah’s ministry spends a lot of money annually to help the aged, sick, disabled and single parents.