KUALA LUMPUR: Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein announced a one-off special withdrawal of up to RM500 to contributors in conjunction with Armed Forces Fund Board's (LTAT) Golden Jubilee celebration.
He said the payout was the result of LTAT's transformation initiative following the approval of the Armed Forces Fund (Amendment) Bill 2022 in Dewan Negara recently.
"The withdrawal application can be made through the MyWira application from Oct 10 to Dec 10 and the first phase payment will be made on Dec 19 to 23.
"This offer is a sign of appreciation for the services and sacrifices of Mindef (Ministry of Defence) staff, especially the contributors," he said after officiating the Jalur Gemilang launch in conjunction with the ministry's National Day celebration and LTAT's 50th Golden Jubilee celebration at Wisma Pertahanan here on Wednesday (Aug 17).
Hishammuddin also announced an additional fund of RM2mil to Yayasan LTAT in conjunction with the 2022 Warriors' Day celebration from five local companies, namely Dhaya Maju Infrastructure Asia Sdn Bhd, Affin Bank Berhad, Boustead Holdings Berhad, Pharmaniaga Berhad and LBS Foundation.
Hishammuddin also outlined some of the excellent achievements of the ministry during the first six months of this year despite being surrounded by controversy regarding the the Royal Malaysian Navy's littoral combat ship (LCS) project.
"The Royal Malaysian Air Force will receive two more CN235 aircraft this September.
"One aircraft has already been completed and is stationed under the No.1 Squadron at Kuching Air Base," he said.
Hishammuddin also said the first of five planned military polyclinics have been completed at Penrissen Camp in Kuching. - Bernama