Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 23rd of December, 2014
Christmas is traditionally associated with the giving of gifts and helping those who are in less fortunate positions. However, this Christmas, the poor and the marginalized in the Chow Kit area have gotten news that funding from the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development will be taken away for two NGOs which cater to their needs.
On the 19th of December, it was reported that Ministry funding of RM700,000 for Pusat Bantuan Khidmat Sosial (PBKS) which was channelled through the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) would be stopped starting in 2015. Since its establishment in 2007 as a partnership between an NGO and the Ministry, PBKS has acted as a one-stop center to the marginalized in the Chow Kit area. According to reports and testimony of volunteers, PBKS seems to be providing exactly the kind of services which the Minister of Federal Territories, Tengku Adnan, had said DBKL would supply. But with the stoppage of funding from the Ministry, the ability of PBKS to continue its services and activities have been put in danger.