GOODIES FOR ARMED FORCES VET­ER­ANS

IN recog­ni­tion of their self­less con­tri­bu­tion, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak yes­ter­day un­veiled six ini­tia­tives to im­prove the liveli­hood and well­be­ing of armed forces vet­er­ans.

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BAN­TUAN BAKTI NE­GARA (BBN)

Vet­er­ans who do not qual­ify for pen­sion will re­ceive RM1,200 an­nu­ally. Some 66,000 vet­er­ans are ex­pected to ben­e­fit from this scheme

VET­ER­ANS AN­NU­ITY SCHEME (SAVe)

Con­tri­bu­tions made un­der SAVe will pro­vide vet­er­ans with monthly re­turns

DIS­ABIL­ITY PEN­SION

Tai­lored for those with less than 10 years of ser­vice un­der their belts. The pen­sion will start from a min­i­mum pay­out of RM500 to a max­i­mum of RM2,000

POST-RE­TIRE­MENT DIFFERENTIAL ABIL­ITY SCHEME

Those who qual­ify will get RM500 an­nu­ally from Tabung Pahlawan.

Govt will top up another RM500. The monies will be dis­bursed twice a year

IN­CREASE OF HAJ QUOTA FOR VET­ER­ANS

The haj quota for army vet­er­ans will be in­creased from 100 to 400, start­ing this year

RM5 MIL­LION BOOST FOR WAR­RIORS’ FUND

The Tabung Pahlawan cam­paign raised RM46.5 mil­lion last year. RM5 mil­lion will be added to the funds raised this year

THERE was all round good news for Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) vet­er­ans yes­ter­day af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak an­nounced six new schemes to im­prove their wel­fare.

This in­cluded an an­nual as­sis­tance of RM1,200 for non-pen­sion­able vet­er­ans and an an­nu­ity scheme.

Na­jib, who shared the good news with more than 15,000 MAF vet­er­ans at the MAF Vet­er­ans’ Assem­bly in con­junc­tion with the launch of the War­riors’ Fund 2017, an­nounced the Ban­tuan Bakti Ne­gara (BBN) aid scheme, which would be­come the ini­tial aid from the gov­ern­ment specif­i­cally for non-pen­sion­able MAF vet­er­ans.

Na­jib said the BBN scheme was an ex­ten­sion of the scheme for MAF vet­er­ans, namely the 1Malaysia Non-Pen­sion­able Vet­er­ans Scheme, which was in­tro­duced in 2013.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of the BNN scheme is a new mech­a­nism for the gov­ern­ment to as­sist the low­in­come and non-pen­sion­able MAF vet­er­ans with­out bur­den­ing the ex­ist­ing gov­ern­ment fi­nan­cial sources,” he said to loud ap­plause from the au­di­ence.

Present were Na­jib’s wife, Datin

Seri Ros­mah Man­sor, who is Pa­tron of the War­riors’ Fund Cam­paign, De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­ddin Hus­sein, Armed Forces Chief Gen­eral Tan Sri Raja Af­fendi Raja Mo­hamed Noor and MAF Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Se­na­tor Ad­mi­ral Tan Sri An­war Mohd Nor.

Na­jib said the cri­te­ria to re­ceive the aid would be based on the same cri­te­ria for re­cip­i­ents of the 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Aid (BR1M), tar­get­ing those in the bot­tom 40 per cent house­hold in­come group.

“This means that the re­cip­i­ents are those who qual­ify for

BR1M,” he said, ad­ding that RM1,200 would be given to 66,000 non-pen­sion­able MAF vet­er­ans based on the list of BR1M re­cip­i­ents.

As for vet­er­ans with­out pen­sion who are not BR1M re­cip­i­ents, they will get RM600, pro­vided they are aged 60 and above.

It is es­ti­mated that more than 10,959 vet­er­ans with­out pen­sion, aged 60 and above, will ben­e­fit from the BBN ini­tia­tive.

Na­jib, who is a for­mer de­fence min­is­ter, also an­nounced the Vet­er­ans’ An­nu­ity Scheme (SAVe) for ex­ist­ing armed forces per­son­nel.

The scheme, which is an up­grade of the MAF Ser­vices Scheme, will ben­e­fit per­son­nel who choose to re­tire early.

They will re­ceive monthly pay­ments de­spite not be­ing el­i­gi­ble for pen­sion.

The prime min­is­ter said the con­tri­bu­tion to the SAVe scheme would be in the sav­ings ac­count and would give monthly ben­e­fits to the vet­er­ans, and could also be handed over to el­i­gi­ble next of kin upon the death of the vet­eran.

“The BBN scheme and SAVe are meant to look af­ter the wel­fare of the armed forces

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per­son­nel who opted not to con­tinue their ser­vice un­til they meet the min­i­mum re­quire­ment to re­ceive pen­sion,” he said.

Na­jib also an­nounced an up­grade to the Dis­abil­ity Pen­sion for vet­er­ans and full-time Wata­niah (Ter­ri­to­rial Army Reg­i­ment) sol­diers, as in those who had served for un­der 10 years and not el­i­gi­ble for pen­sion. This en­com­passes those who re­tired early due to line-of-duty dis­abil­ity.

He noted that the pay­out quan­tum was based on the ex­tent of in­jury, rank and length of ser­vice when the dis­abil­ity oc­curred.

“As a re­sult, some vet­er­ans un­der this scheme could only get as lit­tle as RM65.

“In view of the cur­rent eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion, it is high time to ad­just the pen­sion amount.

“The pen­sion will be in­creased from 300 to 800 per cent, start­ing from a min­i­mum pay­out of RM500 to a max­i­mum of RM2,000,” he said much to cheers of the vet­er­ans.

Na­jib also an­nounced another new in­cen­tive, the Post-Re­tire­ment Differential Abil­ity Scheme which will pay RM500 an­nu­ally to qual­i­fied re­cip­i­ents.

“It is hoped that the im­prove­ment in the pay­ment of the dis­abil­ity pen­sion scheme for MAF vet­er­ans, whose ser­vices are ter­mi­nated within less than 10 years of ser­vice due to per­ma­nent in­jury, can ease their bur­den and give sig­nif­i­cant mean­ing to their lives,” said Na­jib.

Na­jib also an­nounced the War­riors Fund For Dis­abled Vet­er­ans of the MAF Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion with an ad­di­tional al­lo­ca­tion of RM500 by us­ing gov­ern­ment al­lo­ca­tion to raise the over­all in­cen­tive to RM1,000, com­pared with RM500 pre­vi­ously for MAF vet­er­ans who were dis­abled af­ter re­tire­ment.

He said the in­cen­tive would be paid to the re­cip­i­ents twice a year to ease their cost of liv­ing.

The fund­ing will come from Tabung Pahlawan, while the gov­ern­ment will also chip in a fur­ther RM500 to bring the to­tal to RM1,000.

The monies will be dis­bursed twice a year.

The ic­ing on the cake is the in­crease of haj quo­tas for vet­er­ans, from 100 to 400 start­ing this year.

BER­NAMA PIC

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak greet­ing Malaysian Armed Forces vet­er­ans at the Mines In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Seri Kem­ban­gan yes­ter­day. On his right is De­fence Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein.

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