ALOR GAJAH: Some 15,000 ex-servicemen have been listed as recipients of cost of living aid totalling RM54 million this year compared with 9,000 recipients previously.
Deputy defence minister Adly Zahari said although there is no increase in the amount of aid, the government had decided to add more ex-servicemen to the list of eligible recipients.
“Now, we are paying RM300 a month which makes it RM3,600 a year. For the non-pensionable, this RM300 will lessen their burden.
“The most important thing is that we always look out for the targeted groups. We want to help out more in terms of aid covering the education, health and welfare of the veterans,” he told a media conference after the Peduli Veteran programme involving six families here today.
Adly said the ministry’s priorities were not just restricted to ex-personnel but also their children and widows.
He said the armed forces’ veteran affairs department had also built and provided houses free of charge to some 40 poverty-stricken personnel nationwide.
Adly said RM1,500 in aid was given to children of veterans who enrolled in universities.
Assistance, in terms of milk, food and disposable diapers, was also given to veterans facing health problems, he added.