KUALA LUMPUR: The smiles on their faces were enough to tell that a little recognition went a long way.
And retired army personnel, wizened with age or stricken by illness, and widows of army personnel were given their bit of recognition yesterday when nine of them received aid from the Warriors Day Fund.
The fund’s patron Datin Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali presented RM800 to each of them during the closing ceremony of the 2002 Warriors Day fund-raising campaign at the Defence Ministry here.
Retired air force technician Abdul Mutalib Ahmad, 43 said the money would help him pay his children’s school expenses.
“I have four of them and I am only a hawker now. My wife is a homemaker who does a bit of tailoring,” he said, adding that he had lost his sight a year after his retirement following a high fever.
Mariam Daud, whose husband Mahat Karim served the army for 18 years, was happy that her husband’s services had not been forgotten. Mahat suffered a stroke last year. They have six children.