PETALING JAYA: Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to the Defence Ministry during the movement control order (MCO) period.
Question: Is the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) involved in the MCO?
Answer: Yes, as what has been announced by the Defence Minister after the Special Ministerial Committee meeting on the MCO on March 20, ATM will help the Royal Malaysia Police starting Sunday (March 22).
The involvement of the army is according to Section 5 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) that authorises the Minister to confer power to any agency it thinks would be able to enforce the law.
Question: Will ATM continue its operations especially at the country's borders?
Answer: Yes. ATM will continue to retain its existing position whether locally or abroad. The retention of these positions is one of the ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
Question: Are all courses and training for ATM and ATM volunteers still be going on during this period?
Answer: No. All courses and training locally or abroad will be frozen from March 18 to 31.
Question: Is the recruitment of new soldiers still ongoing?
Answer: Currently, the recruitment of soldiers is being put on hold until a new date to be announced later.
Question: Can the public do Covid-19 testing at ATM hospitals?
Answer: Currently, members of the public who show Covid-19 symptoms can do a screening test at ATM hospitals but the confirmation checks can only be done at hospitals designated by the Health Ministry.
Question: Is the Muzium Tentera Darat opened throughout the MCO period?
Answer: No. The Muzium Tentera Darat is closed.
Question: Is the Veteran Affairs Department counter still in operation?
Answer: No. The Veteran Affairs Department customer service counters at each division and state are closed. However, applications can still be made at its website or by calling 03-20508000.
Question: Is the welfare assistance to ATMN veterans still ongoing?
Answer: Yes. All welfare assistance including the states that applied and have fulfilled the conditions will be processed within the guidelines and stipulated time frame.
The welfare assistance in question are:
a) Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH)
b) Patient Equipment Assistance
c) Natural Disaster Relief
d) Admission to Public Universities or Polytechnics.
e) School aid
Question: What about the pension scheme for ATM veterans?
Answer: The pension scheme goes on as usual.
Question: How can I get more information about the Defence Ministry and the ATM?
Answer: For more information, please contact 03-20598400 or visit the social media platforms of the Defence Ministry and ATM.
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