Incentive payment approved for 1,200 armed forces personnel
SANDAKAN: The government has approved incentive payment for 1,200 Armed Forces personnel stationed at 22 new posts under Op Pasir in Sabah, starting this month.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the Bayaran Insentif Tugas Stesen Luar Pantai (BITSLP) implementation ensured that each soldier involved was entitled to RM16 a day.
This translated to RM1,400 for three months (standard period for serving at the posts on rotational basis) following his ministry’s application to the Public Service Department, Hishamuddin added.
“All 22 new posts were created after the Lahad Datu intrusion, and this incentive payment is the government’s way of ensuring the welfare of troops.
“Previously, personnel stationed at these posts were not entitled to BITSLP as the posts were not gazetted.
“With this payment, I hope it will increase their spirits to protect the nation’s sovereignty,” he said at the Libaran Umno division delegates’ meeting here.
Present was Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
Hishammuddin, who is also special functions minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said the incentive was given to troops engaged at five posts around Spratly Islands of South China Sea, 28 Op Pasir posts in Sabah’s east coast and two Op Pejarak posts in Pulau Perak and Pulau Jarak in the Straits of Malacca.
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (centre) and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman (on Hishammuddin’s left) at the Libaran
Umno division delegates’ meeting
in Sandakan yesterday.