KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 (Bernama) — The Council of Former People’s Representatives Malaysia (Mubarak) is requesting the government not to marginalise the interests of former legislators when tabling the 2012 Budget this Friday.
Its head of information Datuk Abdul Rahman Sulaiman said Mubarak had sent a memorandum to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak a few months ago, for among others the restoration of retirement benefits of former legislators.
“The government has improved the retirement benefits of civil servants and each time this group (former legislators) was left out and was not part of the review.
“It was the same when retirees received the RM500 special payment, I understand we did not receive it. We hope the situation will be rectified,” he told reporters here Tuesday.
Abdul Rahman, who is also chairman of the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), specifically pointed out the situation of some of the council’s members who were left out and did not receive retirement benefits before regulations came into force where legislators who served at least three years or 36 months were placed under the pension scheme.
Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman called on former legislators who have not registered as members of the council to so do to protect their interest and welfare.
He said from the thousands of former legislators, only about 750 had registered with Mubarak.
“We know many former people representatives are poor without any support and not all are living comfortably. I have been informed some have taken up jobs as taxi drivers and fishermen.
“As such it is this group that we want to protect but we can only help if they become members,” he said.
He said Mubarak was also working on establishing a branch in Sarawak to serve former legislators in the state.
Source : Bernama