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FOR YOUR SACRIFICES: 1Malaysia Privilege card to increase disposable income of cops, soldiers
PUTRAJAYA: AS a gesture of appreciation for the uniformed personnel entrusted with safeguarding the nation’s security, the prime minister yesterday launched the 1Malaysia Privilege Card to increase their disposable income.
In paying tribute to the armed forces and police force, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said they were the country’s unsung heroes who had contributed greatly and made huge sacrifices to ensure Malaysia remained safe, stable and peaceful. The police and soldiers, he added, had been pivotal in realising these three elements which were needed to spur the nation to greater heights.
“I am very proud that we are able to launch this card for two groups who not only represent the people, but whose service has been great.
This is how we show appreciation to our security personnel,” he said at the launch yesterday.
Present were Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar and Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa.
The 1Malaysia Privilege Card, said Najib, was part of the continuous initiative that sees both parties cooperating under the National Blue Ocean Strategy.
The launch of the card was also another example of a creative partnership between the Home, Defence and Finance Ministries which was implemented within three months, and Najib praised this as a “sterling performance”.
The prime minister said the government had two options in helping the people.
One was to increase wages, he said, as the government had recently done in raising the pay of civil servants between seven and 13 per cent and awarding a half month Raya bonus.
The other was to increase disposable income via several initiatives, including the 1Malaysia Menu, 1Malaysia People's Shops and Klinik 1Malaysia as well as subsidising items like fuel and cooking oil.
"Our efforts to champion the rakyat's cause are comprehensive."
The privilege card will allow soldiers and policemen, numbering 241,000, to enjoy discounts at 20 brands, including Mydin, KFC, Jakel Trading, Al-Ikhsan and BH Petrol. Najib said the list of brands may be added in future.
Apart from the card, the prime minister also launched the 1Malaysia Privilege Card portal.
Meanwhile, in his speech, Husni said the card was Najib's brainchild and was aimed at reducing the expenses of security personnel.
He said, effective immediately, the cards would be distributed in stages, beginning with active personnel, while the second phase would see the card handed to retired personnel.
The cards will also be given to other service categories to be identified later.
"The card is the manifestation of the integrity and honesty of the prime minister in putting the people's needs."
This is the second time a card aimed at reducing the financial burden of the people was launched. Last month, the 1Malaysia Student Discount Card was launched, benefiting some 1.5 million university and college students.