PONTIAN: The government appreciates the sacrifices of army veterans and will continue to look into ways to improve their welfare, says Mohamad Sabu.
The Defence Minister said that appreciation must be given as they had fought against the communists.
"That is why these veterans with Pingat Jasa Malaysia are being given RM500 as one-off payment.
"I will not stop at that. Once the country is better off financially, we will see how else we can reward them," he said during a Pakatan Harapan ceramah here on Monday (Nov 11) ahead of the Tanjung Piai by-election.
He added that his deputy in the ministry was a Chinese but he was very concerned for the welfare of army veterans who comprised 90% Malays.
Liew Chin Tong is the Deputy Defence Minister.
Mohamad also spoke about how he went around sourcing for donations for the Heroes Fund and managed to collect a record RM10mil.
"In the past, only RM3mil was collected and the figure will be topped up by the government," he added.
Mohamad also said that the government was committed in battling corruption in the country including in his ministry.
"That is why I wanted an investigation into the ministry and we found out many issues," he said, adding that about RM500mil was lost in land swap deals involving army land and RM112mil to build a new army camp in Bagan Datuk in Perak.
He said that the Hutan Melintang camp was not requested by the army but by a local politician instead.
"We have also not received six helicopters which had been paid for over the past two years," he said, appealing to voters to give them a chance to clear all this mess left by the previous government.
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