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Plight of a Veteran (ATM) pensioner... for our would be askar politicians...
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Image for impact only, the hero above had the same problem in 1986

Via WhatsApp: 1. Today we are in the 22nd century. 2 he joined the ATM to serve his King and Country in 1968... Served 22 years, pensioned off as a WO2 in 1990.
 2. he draws a monthly pension of RM 600, his last drawn salary bein RM 1260..

3. being still young at age 40, equipped with technical skill and military discipline, he joined the nation's workforce, having personal commitments... house... family...

4. for the next 20 years he worked hard, drawing a reasonable salary and pension.

5. his pension was regularly adjusted and.... today, at age 70, with deteriorating health, unemployed, he draws a small pension of RM1400 to support himself and his wife.

6. Both are no more gainfully employed, and wholely dependent on his small pension for their daily needs

7. fortunately, they go to government hospital for their medical needs,... but at times, they have to purchase their medications... from their limited resources..

8. he is always glad for and hoping for some extra handouts from our government in the form of BPN, BPR, a yearly bonus..

9. most politicians, govt ministers have conveniently left out this MILITARY VETERANS who SACRIFICED much to ensure ALL Malaysians have a good life... politicians included.

10. Veterans gave a life time of service to the nation, and only be eligible for a small pension...which is not much to crow about in this day and times of the 22nd Century

11. A successful politician need only to serve 1 (one) term to be eligible for a lifetime pension of perhaps RM 10,000....

12. The poor Veteran pensioner has to cope with just a tenth of a politician's pension...

13. Today's SERVING ATM, for the same rank as this VETERAN WO2, DRAWS A MONTHLY SALARY OF AROUND RM 5,000... and when he pensioned off, be drawing a monthly pension of RM 3,000

14. No one seems to care about the old ATM Veteran pensioners, who are now in their twilight years... and dying off..

My questions are...

1. does the government really care about us ?

2 .what is the Majlis Tinggi ATM, tasked to look after ATM Veterans ' welfare doing anything about this sorry state of affairs ?

It won't be long before I too, will be gone, leaving my equally old, sick wife to carry on... and soon too, she'll follow me.. and the government will have 1 less pension payment to make.

ALL pensioners would've had a better deal had the government trimed our over staffed, over bloated Civil service...

... just musing...
There is much to say... but not many to listen...
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 3:00 PM  
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