KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today announced an initial allocation of RM1 million to improve the welfare and education of ex-policemen’s children.
The fund was among four new incentives announced by Najib to enhance the welfare of ex-policemen in the country.
He said the fund, contributed by the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) Foundation would be handed over to any ex-policemen foundation decided by the former policemen themselves.
The Prime Minister said the government left it to the foundation entrusted to decide on whom should receive the contribution and the amount to be given.
“This is the initial fund and if there is any need, we are willing to consider an increase in future,” he said in his speech at a gathering with police pensioners and former policemen, here.
Also present were Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Senate President Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang, Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar, and former inspectors-general of police including Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar and Tan Sri Norian Mai.
Najib also announced the government’s willingness to consider increasing the intake of children of former policemen in the Mara Junior Science Colleges (MRSM) and science schools.
The government was also prepared to consider awarding certain projects to police cooperatives to help in boosting the operations of such cooperatives which were described as ‘needing rehabilitation’, he said.
Najib said a special unit would be created either in the Home Ministry or the Royal Malaysia Police to study the other needs of former policemen including in terms of housing and employment.
At the same time, he said, the policing concept must be changed with the force becoming more open, progressive and democratic in line with the current development in the world.
About 6,000 guests, particularly police retirees and their families from all over the country attended the gathering.
Source : Bernama