Veterans urged to make positive contributions

Mohamed Khaled (second from left) presenting aid to a villager at PVATM’s annual general meeting held at Kampung Kopok Baru in Pasir Gudang.

PASIR GUDANG: The state government needs the views of veterans to make its Gagasan Johor Berkemajuan a success and make a positive contribution towards Malaysia’s progress, said Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

He said the developments in Johor would mean nothing if the voices of the people are ignored.

He thanked the people for supporting the government but said this would not be enough if they did not support its initiatives to develop Johor as well.

The Gagasan itself was created to ensure that the people are able to become a progressive society in line with the development taking place in our own backyard.

“Not only are the views of the younger generation important but also the veterans as they have valuable experience and can give the government ideas to make Johor different from other states, he added.

He also said that this is the right ingredient to make Johor, with the developments taking place, a new economic powerhouse in the country.

“Building a skyscraper is nothing compared to shaping the mindset of the people .

“The development here is for their benefit.

“Once everything falls into place, this will be Johor’s gift to Malaysia and others will see us as an example,” he said.

Mohamed Khaled said this in his speech when attending the Pasir Gudang branch Armed Forces Veterans Association (PVATM) annual general meeting held at Kampung Kopok Baru here last Sunday.

During the event, he also announced an allocation of RM200,000 from the government to the Pasir Gudang PVATM to build a multi-purpose hall to benefit the local community in Kampung Kopok Baru.

Mohamed Khaled added that despite retiring from the armed forces, the association members still continue to play an important role in contributing towards the community.

“This shows that retirement is not an obstacle to many as long as they have the right mindset and are healthy enough to give something back to the community,” he said.

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