16th December, 2012
Najib (right) presents a certificate of appreciation to acting armed forces commander Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar for allowing 31 camps to be used as Veteran 1Malaysia centres.
KUALA KANGSAR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday launched the 1Malaysia Veterans Recognition Programme (1MVRP) which outlines seven initiatives to look after the welfare and socio-economic condition of Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) veterans.
The seven initiatives are the Work Location Programme for Veterans; Entrepreneur Guidance Programme for Veterans; Programme for the Enhancement of Acceptance of Training for Armed Forces Veteran Affairs Corporation (Perhebat) by the industry; 1Malaysia Privilege Card; 1Malaysia Veterans One- Stop-Centre; 1Malaysia Veterans Family Development Programme; and Repairing and Building Homes for 1Malaysia Veterans Programme.
Najib said the 1MVRP was another 1Malaysia product implemented under the National Blue Ocean Strategy.
He said the programme would benefit all armed forces veterans including 243,500 former soldiers who were without pension.
“It can be considered as another 1Malaysia product aimed at enabling every group regardless of their background, place of origin or community received benefits from the government,” he said at the launching of the programme, here.
Commenting further on the initiative, Najib said that under the Work Location Programme for Veterans, government-linked corporations and private companies could offer work opportunities to ATM veterans who were keen to work.
He said a total of 4,300 job vacancies were expected to be offered by the companies concerned to ATM veterans.
He said that for those who were interested to become entrepreneurs, relevant training would also be provided for them.
“The government allocated RM3.5 million under the programme for disbursement to veterans who are interested and the fund will be managed by Perhebat and regulated by Tekun Nasional,” he said.
He said the government would also expand the 1Malaysia Privilege Card given to members of the armed forces previously to ATM veterans.
“As a government that cares, the government has decided that this privilege should also be extended to all ATM veterans,” he said.
In order to ensure that the ATM veterans had access to all information and assistance needed by them, the government would create the 1Malaysia Veterans One-Stop-Centre.
Najib also said selected military camps would be turned into one-stop-centres for them to make reference and enquiry.
In addition, he said the 1Malaysia Veterans’ Family Development Programme was created for the socio-economic development of the ATM veterans’ family so that they could gernerate better and more stabe income.
He said the programme would be implemented with the cooperation of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development under the 1Azam programme.