Kota Kinabalu: Many old people especially in Chinese society are still unaware of their entitlement to the social welfare fund. Federation of Chinese Association Vice President, Datuk Nancy Ho, said Saturday that the elderly as well as the underprivileged and single mothers could apply for the aid. "But they do not know how to go about applying for it, and in this event here for the elderly today, we will try to make them understand that they have the right to seek welfare assistance, but it does not mean they will definitely get it," she said. Those applying for the aid must first apply and fill in a form and then be screened to analyse their eligibility, before they are called by Welfare Department officers for an interview before the approval is given. Therefore, she said the talk organised by the association's welfare section is a good platform to make them understand so that they would not misunderstand all the required procedures. She said this at the Senior Citizens Welfare Day at the Damai Community Hall attended by more than 300 senior citizens. In this regard, Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister, Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun, said the Government has embarked on various initiatives to lighten the financial burdens of the people. "One of these is the distribution of a welfare fund of RM300 to assist individuals including senior citizens, single parents and the underprivileged. This, she added, was also one of the Government's efforts to curb inflation as the cost of living is increasing with the country moving towards developed nation status. Assistant Minister, Datuk Herbert T. Lagadan, delivered her speech. City Hall officers and Mayor, Datuk Abidin Madingkir, were also present in conjunction with the 3R (Reuse, Reduce and Recycle) programme.