KOTA KINABALU: Forty four Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) retirees receive the Putu Bambu Entrepreneur Course Certificate, here today.
Sabah PERHEBAT Senior Director, Sazali Puteh Mahadi, said the entrepreneurship programme is specifically held for ATM retirees without pensions as an initiative to help them in making a living.
“We try to hold entrepreneurship programmes such as this one to encourage participants to attend with minimum capital and increase their monthly income,” he said when met by the media.
The putu bamboo and goat businesses, he explained, will give additional profit to its members.
He also said the role of PERHEBAT is to provide transition trainings and programmes for would-be retirees who will end their service and become civilians.
“With this method, it will solve the issue of young retirees where they will get a second profession from their own effort, since they retired in the early age of 41 or 42 years old.
“We hope that with the knowledge and skills given to them, they can continue their life,” he said.
These programmes will also prevent them from getting involved with criminal activities, he added.
“If the government is not serious in helping them, we are afraid that they will be involved with IS activities and become a social problem in the country.
“In the speech of the Defense Minister himself last week during the ATM Convention, he said IS is a serious threat and must be handled with the right approach,” he said.-Sayangsabah