KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Armed Forces will build 100 new houses and repair another 100 for its veterans throughout the country starting tomorrow, said Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.
He said the initiative, under the 1Malaysia Veterans House Repair Programme (1MVHRP), involved an allocation of RM5.82 million for the improvement of welfare aspects of MAF personnel and veterans.
“In my opinion, Armed Forces personnel who were ready to sacrifice their lives in defending the country must be given more attention, especially their welfare,” he said in his 2016 New Year message at Wisma Perkasa today.
The 1MVHRP programme, under the National Blue Ocean Strategy, is aimed at helping MAF veterans with small incomes to stay in more conducive and comfortable houses.
Hishammuddin said the initiative was one of the privileges included in the ministry’s first thrust for 2016, that is improving personnel and veterans welfare.
At the event, he also said that 11,275 children of Armed Forces personnel nationwide would be going to school by comfortable and safer buses, as compared to the usage of three-tonne armed forces trucks previously.
“MAF personnel, especially those on duty at other places, will have more confidence in their children’s safety,” he added.