PETALING JAYA: A veterans’ association wants the upcoming Budget 2018 to include provisions to assist former security services personnel with their welfare needs while also giving recognition to those deserving for their deeds.
National Association of Patriots (PPK), whose members comprise retired military and police officers, cited the issue of pensions as being one their most important concerns.
In a statement today, it said the majority of veterans in the country were in need of help in this regard.
It said the pensions of the older retirees needed to be on par with that of new retirees because of the difference in pay scales over time.
The PPK said all veterans, both officers and those from other ranks, should be given pension when they leave service, calculated based on the number of years they had served.
The statement also urged for a yearly token amount of RM10 for veterans to use on public rail and road transport systems in view of the rising expenses in transportation.
It said a food stamp of RM100 a month for hardcore poor veterans was also needed due to rising food prices and inflation.
The PPK also urged for a substantial discount based on one’s household income to be given for electricity and water bills, and for every government-linked company to allocate at least 10% of it human resources to the veterans, including ex-police personnel below the age of 60.
“Perhebat (Armed Forces Ex-Servicemen Affairs Corporation) should not just conduct resettlement courses for veterans, but also be responsible to ensure veterans with low pension be secured with a job or business upon retirement,” said the statement.
The association also said it wished to see the government recognise the sacrifices of the veterans in defending and maintaining the independence of the country.
“They have served with honour and sacrificed their personal freedom and family lives,” it said, adding that military veterans were subjected to the Armed Forces Act 1972.
“It is sad that when they become veterans, they are being equated the same status as the retired civil servants.
“This seems unfair because due to the armed forces’ unique terms of service, only less than 6% of the veterans can retire at the age of 60,” the statement said.