Court orders govt to pay nonagenarian 38 years of pension arrears

Alagan Mayalagan (left) with his lawyer M Manoharan (right) and son Deligannu (middle) outside the High Court after winning his bid to claim backdated pension payments

KUALA LUMPUR: Nonagenarian and former civil servant Alagan Mayalagan may be RM100,000 richer, after winning his long legal battle to claim his backdated pension payout.

His lawyer M Manoharan said the 99-year-old from Kota Kemuning, could get about RM100,000, which includes interest, in 38 years of backdated pension payment.

Alagan retired in 1971 after serving with railway operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) for 33 years as a crane driver.

Manoharan said currently Alagan was receiving RM1,065 per month in monthly pension.

“This RM1,065 amount is RM150 less than what he deserves to get based on his grade as a high portal driver,” he said, adding that the government made adjustments in 1980 and had reduced Alagan’s grade.

High Court Judicial Commissioner Faizah Jamaludin allowed Alagan’s legal challenge to quash the decision by the Public Service Department (PSD) and government that placed him on a lower grade, resulting in him getting a lower pension amount.

The judge then ordered the PSD to recalculate the amount due to Alagan and pay him the arrears.

Alagan, who is wheelchair bound, was present in court today with his son, Deligannu who said his father was gladdened by the court’s decision and that justice had been served.

“He (Alagan) is the oldest surviving KTM worker today,” Deligannu said.