‘Govt spent RM3.28b on vet­er­ans wel­fare’

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KUALA LUMPUR: The govern­ment spent RM3.28 bil­lion last year on the wel­fare of the coun­try’s vet­eran armed forces per­son­nel, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said.

In a blog post yes­ter­day, Na­jib said the al­lo­ca­tion en­com­passed pen­sion, re­wards, med­i­cal ben­e­fits, house con­struc­tion and re­pairs and fu­neral rites, among oth­ers.

“The govern­ment also pro­vides health and nat­u­ral dis­as­ter aid of RM5,000. There is also aid in terms of chil­dren’s ad­mis­sion to uni­ver­si­ties with RM1,000 for diplo­mas and RM1,500 for de­grees.

“To ease the bur­den of vet­er­ans who are poor, sick, dis­abled or have chronic dis­eases, they are el­i­gi­ble for a RM300 monthly aid.”

The prime min­is­ter called on Malaysians to be more ap­pre­cia­tive of armed forces per­son­nel who had sac­ri­ficed for the coun­try’s se­cu­rity.

He said the forces’ con­tri­bu­tions to the na­tion were end­less and thus, it was im­por­tant for Malaysians to recog­nise and re­spect them as na­tional he­roes.

“Have you ever won­dered how we man­age to carry out our daily ac­tiv­i­ties safely?

“Whether we re­alise it or not, the armed forces takes care of our bor­ders and pub­lic places, risk­ing their lives to pro­tect the coun­try from in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal threats.”

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