Group seek help for retirees to buy affordable homes

Kupekmas members having a discussion during a workshop at Hospital Permai in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Government Pensioners Club (Kupekmas) wants the Johor government to help retired public servants buy affordable homes.

Johor Kupekmas chairman Mohd Shaman Jaes said many were still unable to afford a house of their own, even after retiring from the civil service.

“When they were still in service, they were bogged down by family commitments and rising living costs.“Now that they have retired, many of them have even fallen into the B40 category as they have no other source of income and their pensions are not enough to cover their medical bills and daily expenses.

“Some of them still have children in school and have no extra savings to buy a house,” he said during a workshop for pensioners at Hospital Permai here.

He said based on feedback from members, some only received pensions of RM1,000 per month.

“They are facing financial constraints, especially now with the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Mohd Shaman.

He said that some of the members were still renting the houses they live in while others were staying with their children.

“We hope the state government can do more for retired public servants. This will be a good way to thank them for their services to the nation,” he added.

The workshop was launched by Azwan Abdul Rahman, special officer to state investment, cooperatives, entrepreneurship development and human resources committee chairman Mohd Izhar Ahmad who was unable to attend.

Kupekmas national president Datuk Omar Osman, who was also present, reminded pensioners not to fall prey to online or any other scams.

“We have seen too many news reports about pensioners losing their entire savings after falling prey to scams by individuals impersonating the authorities.

“They should check with their children first or refer to Kupekmas if they receive any such calls or messages from people asking them for money,” he said.

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