PERAK Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu has called on retired civil servants to continue staying active even though they are no longer working.
He said retiring from civil services does not mean they were also retiring from life.
“It’s good to have an active lifestyle, to take up beneficial activities either for health, religion and contribute back to society,” he said in his speech during a “JasaMu Dikenang” high tea with former state civil servants at Casuarina@Meru Hotel in Ipoh.
“It’s also good that we stay relevant and find new meaning to life or ikigai in Japanese.
“It is with this concept that
the Japanese can live on healthily until over 100 years of age,” he said.
“When we have a reason to live, it will ensure our physical and mental being becomes strong.”
Ahmad Faizal said a good role model for retirees, leading an active lifestyle was Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“At 93, he still walks around without a cane, his mind is still sharp, able to answer questions from reporters and also stands steadily for hours while giving speeches in other countries.
“I recall when Dr Mahathir visited Japan last year and he was asked about his longevity, and he said people should not rest when they are old,” he said.
“He said if we rest too much, the body becomes weak and unwilling, which could result in one becoming senile.
“We need to continue staying active after the retirement age or else everything we don’t use deteriorates and become unusable, like our muscles and brain,” he added.
Ahmad Faizal also reminded the retirees to be careful not to get cheated by get-rich-quick scams.
“It saddens me that I often read about senior citizens getting cheated of thousands of their savings by syndicates.
“I hope none of you here will fall victim,” he said.
The event was attended by 336 former government servants who retired between January and June last year.
Each of them also received an incentive of RM4,000 in the form of Amanah Saham Bumiputera certificates or Sijil Simpanan Premium for non-Bumiputeras.
Also celebrated during the event were those who were transferred to other states.