In­cen­tive pay­ment ap­proved for 1,200 armed forces per­son­nel

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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.

PIC BY POLIANA RON­NIE SIDOM

De­fence Min­is­ter

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.

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