KOTA KINABALU,: Priority should be given to the welfare of armed forces veterans, says Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans Association (PVATM) deputy president Captain Sharuddin Omar.
He said the leadership of every armed forces veterans association in the country must always be attentive to the needs of veterans, even before they were expressed.
“All PVATM branches welcome input on ways to take their respective associations forward for the benefit of members and to carry out welfare activities, via the Armed Forces’ Veterans Affairs Department,” he said at a service medal presentation ceremony for armed veterans here last night.
Sharuddin said under the tutelage of PVATM president, Senator Admiral (Rtd) Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor, the association came up with policies to ensure full support for veterans and training courses for veterans.
“Efforts such as these have helped to reduce the burden on the part of the PVATM and Armed Forces Veterans Affairs Department. We hold meetings with the relevant departments every month to discuss responsibilities, policies and best possible ways to help the veterans,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sabah Armed Forces Veterans Association member Zaman Bayang, who is also the event’s organising committee chairman said the state-level Heroes’
Fund was expected to be launched by year-end and aimed to collect RM100,000. At the ceremony, Task Force 450 Commander Major-General Zulkapri Rahamat presented the Malaysian Service Medal (Pingat Jasa Malaysia) to 49 army veterans and widows of two corporals and a bombardier.
He also handed over mock keys of three new homes costing RM50,000 each to three armed forces veterans, and equipment to five recipients of the 1Azam (Akhiri Zaman Kemiskinan) programme involved in business entrepreneurship and service provision.
Also present was Sabah Armed Forces Veterans Affairs Department director Lt Col Adnan Ariffin.- BERNAMA