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  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019

Firemen who risk their lives to save others are overjoyed to receive a special allowance. — Filepic

JOHOR BARU: The government’s decision to give firemen nationwide a special allowance of RM200 has made them happy.

Those stationed in Johor also rejoiced as this would help them manage the high cost of living in the state.

Fireman Mohd Shothri Ahmad, 31, stationed at the Tebrau fire station said he was grateful for the aid.

“We have been waiting for this allowance for more than a year now.

“It will help ease my financial burden.

“I have a wife and two young children to take care of, ” he said, adding that he has been a fireman for the past five years.

Skudai fire station chief Mohammad Riduan Akhyar, who has been in the department for eight years, said he was happy about the announcement.

“Over the years, the army and police force have received such aid and we have been waiting to be included.

“The special allowance will give us extra motivation when carrying out our duties, ” he added.

Larkin fire station chief Mohd Suhaimi Abdul Jamal, 51, was very happy and grateful for the allowance.

“I was elated when the announcement was made during the live broadcast of Budget 2020.

“It also shows that our services are appreciated, ” said the firemen with over 29 years of experience.

Fire and Rescue Department director-general Datuk Mohammad Hamdan Wahid described the decision to give a special RM200 allowance to firemen as the “best news for the year”.

“We have been asking for this allowance since 2015, ” he said.

Mohammad Hamdan expressed his gratitude to all quarters including the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Prime Minister, the Finance Ministry, Housing and Local Government Ministry and other federal agencies for approving it.

The allowance will benefit some 14,400 firemen nationwide.

“I am sure this good news will boost spirits and motivate personnel nationwide to continue to give their best service to the people and country, ” he said.

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