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7th Rangers: An Open Letter to the Prime Minister By Lt Col Tan Siew Soo (retd) ARMOUR

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An Open Letter to the Prime Minister By Lt Col Tan Siew Soo (retd) ARMOUR
Saturday, July 30, 2022
Veterans of the Congo

Dear Prime Minister,

Despite our sacrifice and service to King and Country with pride and honour, when it comes to Pensions after retirement, we the old Veterans are treated as stepchildren of the nation vis-a-vis the present new Pensioners who served our country full time in peaceful, peacetime Malaysia.

Some Old Veterans are still around from the era of The Malayan Emergency, The Congo, The Confrontation while the majority are from The 2nd Emergency and we are all awaiting for Justice from you and your Cabinet to rectify our glaring pensions anamoly.

Basically we receive about half the pensions of the new post-2013 pensioners. As a Lt Col who retired in 1990 after 34 years service, I get a pension less than that of a newly retired Warrant Officer Class One!!

REVISION OF PENSIONS AND PAY SCALES ARE INSEPARABLE. IT IS THE DUTY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE UPGRADING OF PENSIONS WHENEVER THERE IS A PAY REVISION. THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY FAILED TO CARRY OUT THIS DUTY, HENCE THE HUGE DISPARITY IN OUR PENSIONS TODAY.

Pension is our right and payment does not depend on the discretion of the Government who cannot take the excuse of financial burden to deny the legitimate rights of our revised pension.

Question. Has this government got the guts, the will power and gumption to do the honorable act to rectify the pension anomaly for all Veterans??

Looking forward to a favourable response from you.

Many Thanks.

Lt Col Tan Siew Soo (retd) ARMOUR

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