Mat Sabu: Anwar will take care of army veterans if he is PD MP

Anwar Ibrahim (centre) together with army personnel and veterans at the medal presentation.

PORT DICKSON: Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu today gave an assurance that the welfare of army veterans will be taken care of if Anwar Ibrahim is voted in as the new Port Dickson MP.

Mohamad, who is popularly known as Mat Sabu, said this during a service medal presentation ceremony for army personnel here.

“This week, the deputy defence minister will be going to Australia to meet with the defence ministry to have a dialogue on ways we can improve the welfare of army veterans here.

“Australia is one of the best in its treatment of veterans. We want to learn from them how we can better treat the army veterans in our country.

“This is possible in line with the improvement of our financial standing and if the MP of Port Dickson is the future prime minister,” he said referring to Anwar, who was present at the ceremony.

Mat Sabu added that the government was not making a promise that it can give “a pot of gold”.

“We do not make such promises but we will do as much as we can and give our best from time to time,” the Amanah president said.

Last night, Anwar warned against abuse of power by government servants, reiterating his pledge for a clean and fair by-election without assistance from government machinery.

The by-election on Oct 13 will be contested by six others, including former Umno leader Isa Samad and Anwar’s former political aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Wan Chee Ishak, who served in the army as a sergeant from 1981 to 2003, said this was the first time they were receiving a service medal from the defence minister.

“Previously, servicemen only receive this medal from generals and officers of similar ranks.

“I feel very honoured to be part of the recipients’ list,” he said.

Wan Chee, who hails from Rasah, Seremban, said it was good to see Anwar being invited as a guest for the function because he is contesting in the by-election in Port Dickson.

“I don’t see anything wrong with his presence,” he added.