Defence Ministry's deputy secretary-general (Development) Datuk Halimi Abdul Manaf (centre) witnesses the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing between Perhebat chairman Lieutenant General Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Ibrahim (seated, 2nd left) and lion Nation Solution Sdn Bhd managing director Tan Chin Kong (seated, 2nd from right) at The Light hotel, in Seberang Jaya. Pic by SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL.

BUTTERWORTH: The Armed Forces Ex-Servicemen Affairs Corporation (Perhebat) has expressed commitment to ensure that all retiring servicemen will have job placements upon their retirement.

This comes after Perhebat signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Alion Nation Solution Sdn Bhd, a company which has expertise in light-emitting diode (LED), to create jobs for about 300 retiring servicemen.

Perhebat chairman Lieutenant General Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Ibrahim said each retiring servicemen could earn over RM3,000 a month with their new job.

He said the MoU was expected to create over 300 job opportunities in the LED assembly field by the end of this year.

He added that Perhebat had been engaging with industries in the country to create a training platform for the retiring servicemen.

"The trainees enroll into the industries are largely aged 40 years and above, which are considered the prime age for them to retire, and with that knowledge, they can still continue to work at these industries to earn a living.

"At this age, the majority of them will already have children who will further their studies in tertiary education and other housing expenses, who still solely depend on them as the breadwinner.

"Hence, we have created the best platform for them to learn and acquire invaluable knowledge, up to 60 different courses, before they start work in the industries," he said after the signing ceremony held at The Light Hotel here today.

The signing with the company's managing director Tan Chin Kong was witnessed by Defence Ministry's deputy secretary-general (Development) Datuk Halimi Abdul Manaf, who attended on behalf of Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum.

Meanwhile, Abdul Aziz said Perhebat also offered other courses to help retiring servicemen, including hospitality and catering, mechanic and electrical field.

"According to our survey, 65 per cent of retired servicemen require job at the industry, while others prefer to be self-employed, thus the various courses offered will be helpful for them.

"And with the government allocating RM32 million worth of grant per year, Perhebat will make full use of this fund to offer the courses for the retiring servicemen.

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