KUALA LUMPUR –Contractors benefitting from the Ministry of Defence’s projects are urged to contribute back to the welfare service programmes rendered to the veterans and children of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) personnel.
Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said, at the moment many companies that are not related to the defence industry have contributed more to the welfare services fund through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes.
“Those companies appreciated the contributions of the MAF and realised that without peace and harmony they would not have good opportunities for businesses.
“It is good to put aside some percentages for the welfare services instead of using it to “bribe officers” to get projects. Now is the time for the contractors to give back to the welfare services related to MAF,” he said to the media after presenting the Education Excellence Award to 607 students who are children of MAF’s personnel at Wisma Perwira, Ministry of Defence recently.
Hishammuddin stressed that the welfare services which is one of the agendas of the Ministry of Defence and MAF is not only to enhance the achievements of the children of MAF personnel but will be extended to the health care and housing benefits that will be materialised fully in 2030.
He added, the ministry and MAF are working hard to realise the goal of “One personnel one house” and to assist them in getting the necessary financial support.
On health services, Hishammuddin said, he has spoken to the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr. S Subramaniam on having special wards and dialysis centres for the veterans in the military hospitals.
Asked about the amount of money involved in the welfare programmes, Hishammuddin responded: “It depends on what we have. If more people help the more we can give back to those in need.”
On the Education Excellence Award, Hishammuddin said, from 607 recipients, 341 were excellent in the Pentaksiran Peperiksaan Tingkatan 3 (PT3); 165 in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and 101 succeeded to enter the institute of higher learning.
In another development, an online centralised Malaysian Armed Forces tuition programme will be launched soon under the Defence Ministry’s education blueprint.
Hishammuddin said, the aim of the initiative was to help children of MAF personnel to get additional education guidance besides the formal lessons they get at school.
“The implementation of this initiative will benefit 1,784 UPSR, 1,312 PT3 and 836 SPM candidates. Apart from that, 45 tuition centres will be set up at 38 schools within MAF camps and seven MAF camps without schools (in all states except Perlis and Terengganu).
“These centres will not only benefit the children of MAF personnel and the veterans but also others outside the MAF community,” he stressed.
The initiative he said would not involve excessive costs as not to burden the parents. The annual tuition fee will be RM150 instead of RM360.
Meanwhile, Malaysia World News has interviewed three recipients of the Education Excellence Award on their achievements in PT3 2016.
They were Mohd. Mirza Mizalazrin who scored 7A’s, Nurul Ain Mohamad Arshad 10A’s and Aisyah Sallehuddin 12A’s.
Mirza 16, a student from Maktab Rendah Sains MARA (MRSM) Serting Negeri Sembilan said, everyday he revised his subjects from 9pm to 11pm without fail.
“I will ask my teacher on any subject that I am not sure of without feeling scared or ashamed of myself,” he said.
He joined the Khat Writing Club and enjoyed the Islamic Arts as a way to release his tension after studying hard in school.
“I will sleep on time and read the Quran every day after my morning prayers as to get calmness,” said Ain, 16, from Sekolah Berasrama Penuh (SBP) Integrasi Gombak, Selangor.
Ain attended additional classes every weekend in her school besides sharing knowledge with her group of friends.
Aisyah Sallehuddin, 16, from SMK Agama Kedah started her day by reading and memorizing versus in the Quran from 6.30am until 9am with half an hour breakfast at 7.00am.
Being a student of Tahfiz School, Ulul Albab Model (TMUA), she said the academic classes ended at 4.20pm after which students were required to read the Quran again after Maghrib until Isyak.
“I was attentive in class to understand what was being taught by the teacher. My preparation and revision for examination was done from 9.30pm to 10.30pm and slept at 11.30pm.
“For me praying and reading Quran is the secret for my success in the examination. These practices made me calm and understand whatever I studied and hence answered examinations questions easily,” said Aisyah whose ambition is to become a dentist.-Malaysia World News