FIRST MODEL FROM PROTON-GEELY TIE-UP OUT NEXT YEAR
KUALA LUMPUR: Army veterans were left smiling with the good news announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans’ Assembly near here yesterday.
Ahmad Hamid, 61, was pleased with Najib’s announcement on incentives for veterans to improve their livelihood.
“I am grateful that the government is looking after the welfare of veterans. The incentives are timely as they will ease our burden in the face of rising cost of living.”
Ahmad, a father of four who was in the armed forces from 1977 to 1988, said veterans had raised concerns in the past, but no action was taken.
He said under Najib’s leadership, their voices were not only heard, but also acted upon.
S. Thirunavukkarasu, who retired in 2000, was disappointed that the incentive schemes would mostly benefit veterans without pension.
He said many veterans with pension were hoping that the government would adjust the monthly retirement benefits to reflect the rising cost of living.
“My pension as a warrant officer class 2 is equivalent to the pension received by a private today,” he said.
“We have endured difficult conditions to protect the nation. We hope the government will contemplate how we feel and consider some solutions.”
Another veteran, S. Rajagopal, was hopeful that Najib would announce more welfare initiatives.
He was confident that Najib would continue to address issues concerning veterans in the 2018 Budget, which will be tabled at the Dewan Rakyat on Oct 27.
Rajagopal, who was awarded the Kepujian Perutusan Keberanian (KPK) gallantry award, said he hoped the government would consider giving monthly allowances to KPK recipients.
Page 1 pic: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaking at the Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans’ Assembly in Seri Kembangan yesterday.