KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 161 Senior Citizens’ Activity Centres (PAWE) have been established and are operational nationwide, benefitting over 50,000 members from diverse religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds as of October.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said for this year alone, the ministry approved the establishment of four new PAWEs in Perak, Sabah, Sarawak and Terengganu.
“Those who wish to establish a PAWE in their area can submit a proposal to the nearby District Social Welfare Office and it will be evaluated based on several criteria such as the number of senior citizens, location, selection of premises and the driving community,” she said in the Dewan Rakyat today.
She was answering a question from Wong Kah Woh (PH-Taiping) about the number of PAWEs that still exist and are active so far and whether the government plans to allow the establishment of new PAWEs.
Nancy said PAWE is an activity centre established through community involvement and voluntary welfare organisations (PSK) but supported by the government through financial assistance, advisory services and so on.
“It aims to support the National Policy on Older Persons to create independent, dignified and respected senior citizens by optimising their potential through healthy and positive ageing,” she said.
PAWE is a place for seniors to carry out daily activities in the community. It is a social assistance service that targets seniors who are healthy and able to manage themselves. – Bernama