Veterans of the past under appreciated

A recipient of the nation’s highest gallantry award felt that veterans are not given the appreciation they deserve despite putting their lives on the line for Malaysia.

Retired Superintendent of Police Datuk Pahlawan Paul Kiong who was a Special Branch and the few who holds Darjah Kebesaran Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP), wants the government to safeguard their welfare, especially those who have lost limbs and have minimal support at home.

Recipient of the SP awards are entitled to a monetary allowance.

Among all awards and medals in the country, the SP holds the utmost precedence, surpassing even those honoured with the titles Tun and Tan Sri.

“For the SP award, we receive an allowance of RM2,000 a month and that was last revised in 2009. If you want to compare that with other countries like the United Kingdom, they review the allowance every five years for those who were awarded the Victoria Cross.

“We are not asking for RM10,000 or even RM20,000 but just to (review the allowance to) commensurate with our livelihood. That’s all that we’re asking for.

Raise allowance for medal recipients

“We are grateful to the government but I believe we can do more especially with the prosperity and the peace that we brought to the country,” he said this during an interview with the media at the Royal Malaysia Police Museum in Kuala Lumpur this morning.

Additionally, he remarked that increasing the allowance for medal recipients is a way of showing gratitude for the services and sacrifices of previous warriors who protected the country from the danger posed by communist terrorists.

“If it is increased, this proves that the government cares about issues involving retirees like us. This also means that the government always cares about our fate,” he said.

“What for, you give us the (SP) award but with no perks?” he added.

Kiong emphasized that increasing the allowance for SP recipients would be a significant gesture of appreciation for the services and sacrifices of those who defended the country.

First Admiral (Retired) Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah who is also a former Member of Parliament for Port Dickson also echoed similar sentiments in stressing that the monthly pension for retired military and police personnel are insufficient.

Pension should commensurate current salary scale

He said that the majority, 70 percent of those receiving retirement funds are low-income or B40 groups.

He urged for a review of the pensions of retired military and police personnel, stating that they were inadequate.

“The government should follow the law and review our pensions to be commensurate with the current salary scale and not the two per cent increment as they stipulated in the law in 2013. It is nullified.

“The two per cent only accounts for about RM20 to RM30 increase every year.

“The prices of goods and other necessities are increasing even more. So, we appeal to the government to consider reviewing the allowances and pensions for retired military and police personnel,” he said.

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