THE state government has set up a special fund for the Council of former elected representatives (Mubarak) meant to be used for emergencies and medical purposes.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said to start the ball rolling, the state government would contribute RM50,000 towards the Mubarak Fund for the use of former elected representatives in Perak.
He said it was sad to see and hear about the conditions some of the former elected representatives were living in.
Dr Zambry said some of them were old and sickly, and required medical attention, while some were selling kuih to earn a living.
“It is sad to see such conditions because these elected representatives have contributed their services to both the state, as well as their respective political parties within Barisan Nasional.
“However, Perak was the first state to review the pensions of former representatives from RM2,000 to RM4,000 in 2014.
“Other states that followed suit, now have higher pensions for their former representatives, and Perak will look into the possibility of revising the amount as well,” he told reporters after attending Mubarak’s annual general meeting at his official residence last Tuesday.
Present at the event were National Mubarak deputy president Tan Sri Mohd Yazid Baba, the father of newly elected Kuala Kangsar MP Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid and Mubarak Perak’s president Datuk Saharuddin Abd Jabar.
Dr Zambry also urged former Barisan elected representatives to register with Mubarak, as he was told there were still many more who were yet to register as members.
He said the association was an important platform for former elected representatives to carry out activities, to look into the welfare of the members, as well as to engage in talks with both the state and Federal governments.
“Mubarak needs more members to join, so that more activities can be carried out smoothly,” he added.
Mohd Yazid, in his speech, said some former elected representatives had to become traders at night markets.
He said after retirement, some were trying to make ends meet.
“This is a very sad but true picture about some former elected representatives.
“It is important to keep their dignity and because of our vast experience, members of Mubarak can also always give opinions and suggestions to both the state and federal governments,” he added.
Saharuddin said Mubarak Perak was trying to identify the former national service (NS) trainees to register as voters.
He said with the cooperation of the commanders of seven NS camps in the state, they hope to get these trainees registered.
“We hope Perak will be able to win more seats in the next general election and it is important to get the younger generation to register as voters,” he added.