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Hishammuddin posing with Armed Forces veterans after presenting the Pingat Jasa Malaysia to 50 former soldiers at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Butterworth.
BUTTERWORTH: The Defence Ministry has launched the 1Malaysia Veteran Access Point (1MVAP) to honour Armed Forces veterans for their contributions to the country.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, who launched the initiative, said 1MVAP one-stop centres would be available at all the 31 army camps nationwide.
“These one-stop centres will provide references, enquiry services and registration for Armed Forces veterans. Bulletins from the Royal Armed Forces Veteran Welfare Department, will also be provided,” he said.
He said that the veterans would also be given career guidance to help improve their socio-economic status.
“This would help retired veterans to lead a better life,” he said.
Hishammuddin also presented special Pingat Jasa Malaysia (Malaysian Service Medal) recognition awards to 50 veterans who served the country during the Emergency and battled the Communists between 1969 and 1989.
On the Umno elections, he said it was too early to tell who would be able to win the three vice-presidency seats in the party.
“What is in the hearts of the 155,000 delegates, only Allah knows,” he said when responding to former Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, who had said that his chances of winning a vice-president’s post was “very bright”.
The incumbents for the posts are Hishammuddin, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal while the other challengers are Datuk Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir and Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad.
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