King visits army veterans in conjunction with Warriors’ Day

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  • Wednesday, 05 Aug 2020

Concern for the people: Al-Sultan Abdullah visiting Awang at his home in Felda Bukit Kuantan. — Bernama

KUANTAN: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah visited two Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) veterans in Sungai Lembing here in conjunction with Warriors’ Day celebrations.

On his first visit yesterday, His Majesty spent time with Dzulkifli Husain, 60, who was in need of a wheelchair after losing his right leg due to diabetes in 2013, at the latter’s residence in Kampung Kolek.

Dzulkifli, who served in the army for 13 years since 1979 in several states such as Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Johor and Sarawak, said he never thought the King would visit him at home as he was just a former non-high-ranking soldier.

“It is an honour for our family to have the opportunity to receive His Majesty at our home.

“I am very touched because His Majesty saw for himself that my condition is deteriorating, showing how much Tuanku cares about the welfare of former soldiers.

“I was really surprised because I only found out about His Majesty’s visit three days ago from a police officer, and since then I had been really nervous, ” he said when met here.

During the visit, Al-Sultan Abdullah drove his vehicle himself to present gifts, including wheelchairs, fans and disposable diapers, to the two military veterans.

The King also visited another veteran, Mohammad Awang Kechik, 80, at his daughter’s residence in Felda Bukit Kuantan here.

Awang’s daughter Sabariah, 30, said her father, who served the army for 15 years from 1962, was frail now as his health began to deteriorate in 2018 after the death of his wife a year earlier.

“I am currently looking after my father, who suffers from various illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems and stroke.

“During the visit, His Majesty asked about my father’s condition and the assistance he had received, ” she said.

“I am very grateful because His Majesty’s contribution has helped ease our family’s burden.” — Bernama

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