KUALA LUMPUR — April 9, 2018: Both the Barisan Nasional and the opposition Pakatan Harapan are enticing support from the armed forces in the 14th general elections, with the former pledging to do more for veterans and also to provide more homes for serving personnel.
One promise by BN is special incentive of RM600 a year for each veteran who is not on the pensionable scheme and does not receive the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M).
The ruling coalition also promises to included the annuity scheme for veterans without a retirement scheme so that they can receive a monthly payment after retirement.
In addition there is pledge to build 45,000 units of Rumah Keluarga Angkatan Tentera by 2030. Also being lined up are 1,800 housing units under the One Personnel, One House programme for veterans.
BN also aims to establish the 1Malaysia Army Veteran Home Repair Programme with a target of 1,800 beneficiaries by 2020.
Besides that, it aims to empower armed forces retirees with means to start a business under the Skim Pembiyaan Mikro Usahawan Veteran.
As for medical assistance, several promises are included in the BN manifesto, including having more polyclinics in military camps, the upgrading of medical facilities, more experts in military hospitals and having the first military hospital in Ipoh which will benefit more than 300,000 veterans.
Pakatan has promised to provide the Armed Forces Veterans’ Affairs Department (JHEV) with RM500,000 per year to look after the welfare of members.
Its manifesto says that retired members of the armed forces can expect to have their pension rates standardised.
The main opposition coalition has also made several promises, including additional funding for weapons and training.