Government urged to make better use of ex-servicemen

Seeking better recognition: Ling (seated, centre) with Malaysian Armed Forces Veteran Association members after the AGM.

SIBU: The Malaysian Armed Forces Veteran Association, Sarawak, is appealing to the state government to appoint former servicemen as community leaders and as board members of government agencies.

Its president, Thomas Ling, said at its recent annual general meeting that as former army personnel were widely scattered throughtout the state, he wanted them to be appointed to these positions in their respective areas.

Ling also called on the state government to bestow them with honourific titles as a recognition for sacrifying their life in maintaining the security of the state when they were in the force.

“I also like to ask the government to allocate a grant for the association to run our many activities,” he said.

“I hereby also request the Federal Government to allow army veterans to use first and second class wards at government hospitals throughtout the state in time of emergency.”

The association’s other request was to the Army Veteran Welfare Board to hasten the processing process to one month on army veterans’ applications for financial assistance.

“Our association is doing whatever it can to help army veterans through fund-raising projects. Yearly we are doing fund raising during the Warrior Day celebration. However, we have to observe strict guidelines for such fund raising to avoid any individual from taking advantage of it,” he added.

As a non-governmental organisation, Ling said the association would remain relevant.

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