KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the National Service Aid (Bantuan Bakti Negara (BBN) for Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) veterans.
He said the new incentives will be given to the low income ATM veterans as a sign of appreciation for their services and sacrifices.
The non-pensionable Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) veterans will receive RM1,200 a year.
“While for those who are pensioners, but do not receive BR1M, will receive RM600,” he said at the Malaysian Armed Forces Veteran Assembly while launching the Tabung Pahlawan 2017 Campaign here today.
Najib also announced an increase in the ATM scheme of service named the Annuity Scheme (SAVE) and Disability Pension Scheme.
“ATM’s veteran serving less than 10 years without receiving retirement and having to quit early due to injuries or disabilities are eligible for assistance of RM65.
“This aid will be raised between 300 to 800 percent. Those with disabilities will receive RM500 to RM800.
“Veterans with disabilities are eligible to receive a sum of RM500 a year through funds earned from the collection of the Tabung Pahlawan. This incentive will be increased to RM1,000.
“Hajj quota for ATM’s veteran will also be increased to 400 this year compared to 100 people in the previous year, and the government will also channel RM5 million to the Tabung Pahlawan 2017,” he said.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the incentives announced today are part of the agenda in the government’s incentive program.
“What is announced by the Prime Minister is a proof to the public that the government is taking care of the welfare of the veterans.
“In the next two months, the government will also announce a housing agenda,” he said while adding that the incentives given is not seasonal but a continuous effort.
“The incentives are not given in advance for the coming election. In fact, the announcement today is important for us to look forward as a way to benefit those who have never been categorized. With this help, they can approach us,” he said.
One of the ATM’s veteran, Kamaruddin Arshad, 60, said he was satisfied with the help given as he did not receive a pension.
Kamaruddin served as a member of the ATM for 19 years and now works as a lorry driver in Rompin, Pahang.
“What the government is doing today is a good move. With this help, it can lighten our burden,” he said