By Balkish Awang
GEORGE TOWN, Feb 15 -- To cleaner Zaleha Othman, 49, the government’s mySalam national health protection scheme is a ray of hope to people in the low-income group.
"After listening to the briefing from the mySalam officer, I am happy and grateful for this scheme because we are in the low-income group,” she told Bernama when met at the Info Rakyat 2020 Carnival organised by the Penang Information Department held at Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (Komtar) here.
Zaleha said she has not taken health insurance for a long time as she could not afford the payments.
“I used to take (insurance) but stopped. Now I hear the government has this programme for the low income, so I can benefit from health protection schemes like mySalam. It really helps people like us,” she said.
Another cleaner Khadijah Ariffin, 58, described the programme as a very effective effort by the government.
Khadijah said she was eligible for the scheme as her husband was a recipient of the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) aid.
"We will apply...thank you to the government for this scheme,” she said, adding that the aid would help them pay for medical treatments.
Housewife Michelle Yeoh, 68, said she was attracted to government initiatives such as the PeKa B40 healthcare and the mySalam schemes.
“I am surprised that there are so many facilities provided by the government for the people. I am impressed by the explanation about this initiative and I will inform my friends,” she said.
Meanwhile, MySalam kiosk crew Nur Alia Najiha Mohd Jais urged eligible participants to apply for the scheme.
She said many were still unaware of the scheme and the government was conducting campaigns throughout the country to help the people understand it.
Nur Alia Najiha said 125 kiosks would be set up around the country to inform the public about mySalam.
“In Penang, mySalam kiosks have been set-up in three hospitals, namely the Penang Hospital, the Bukit Mertajam Hospital and the Seberang Jaya Hospital. This scheme is very good as the people will get insurance without having to pay anything,” she said.
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