KUALA LUMPUR: The Sultan of Perak has urged more public listed companies and private companies, which rake in millions of ringgit in profit each year, to contribute to the Warriors Fund.
Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah said this in response to the statement by the Armed Forces Veterans Association that the fund had failed to receive the desired response.
“The amount of donations collected from individuals or companies in the country proves the level of appreciation towards security forces personnel, especially their contributions for the country, is still very low.
“The public should be made aware of the importance of giving meaningful appreciation to the deeds and sacrifices of security personnel who have done so much to ensure the people are able to enjoy peace.
“The movement to enhance public awareness must begin at school, right up to tertiary level,” he said at the 35th Royal Commissioning Ceremony of the public universities Reserve Officers Training Unit (ROTU) cadet officers here yesterday.
Also present were Raja Permaisuri of Perak Tuanku Zara Salim and Armed Forces chief Jen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin.
A total of 1,675 ROTU cadet officers from 18 public universities, 901 of whom were women, were commissioned at the event.
Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin tweeted, “So touched by HRH Sultan Perak’s speech on #Patriotism and lack of support for #Veteran #HariPahlawan fundraising.”
When contacted, he agreed companies should contribute more to those defending the sovereignty of Malaysia, seeing how they make millions in profit every year.
“Let us not forget the sacrifices they (warriors) make for us,” he said.