Saturday, 1 August 2009

Increment of Allowance for Bravery Award Receipients

Increment of Allowances for Bravery Award Receipients They fought for the country at a time when they were most needed - during WW2, the Malayan Emergency 1948 - 1989, the Communists Insurgency in Sarawak and the Indonesian Confrontation. The majority of these heroes have retired and are in their 60s/70s and even 80s. Sad but true, before the year 2000, there were very little recognition given to these heroes. Only the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP) was given an allowance of RM200 a month. Promises had been made but never honoured. In the year 2000, I brought up the case to the then Defence Minister, YB Dato' Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, who promised to take up the case. A year later, the Panglima Gagah Berani (PGB)receipients were given a monthly allowance of RM300 and RM400 to the SPs. The allowance was backdated to 1976 - a princely amount. Life has changed in the last few years and we found that many couldn't make ends meet. About a year ago we decided to write to YB Dato' Seri Najib again and asked for an increment of at least RM1000 for the PGBs and RM1500 for the SPs. What we received today surpassed what we had expected. Thank you very much. You have given us the breathing space. Breakdown of recipients (still alive): SPs Armed Forces - 3 Police - 8 PGBs Armed Forces - 60 Police - 15 GC Iban Tracker - 1 (Awang ak. Rawing) MC Royal Malay Regiment - 2 MM Royal Malay Regiment - 8

YAB Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, the Prime Minister, taking the salute from the Guard of Honour at the Prominade of the Ministry of Defence.

Right to Left: The Defence Minister, the Prime Minister and Senator Abdul Ghani, the President of Persatuan Bekas Tentera Malaysia. I received the cheque from the Prime Minister
At the tea reception after the function
NST cutting highlighting the function (the next day, August 1, 2009)
The other recipients and I comparing our cheques.


  1. tahniah tuan... jasa dan pengorbanan tuan dan sahabat seperjuangan mendapat pengiktirafan setimpal. Teruskan perjuangan yang berbaki...

  2. Terima kasih J2K. Terasalah lega dan dapatlah berbelanja lebih sedikit. Terima kasih kami ucapkan kepada Kerajaan Malaysia yang prihatin terhadap nasib kami.

  3. Assalammualaikum Tuan...

    Alhamdulillah, apa yang dihajati akhirnya termakbul juga.

    Tuan.. correct me if i'm wrong...

    Apa yang saya faham, pemberian kadar baru elaun kenangan ini masih menunggu kelulusan dewan rakyat. Harap jangan ada YB-YB kita yang akan mempertikaikan kadar baru ini.

    Kadar baru elaun kenangan ini lebih realistik berbanding kadar lama.

    Marc Zman

    p/s : dah lama x menjenguk ke laman blog Tuan. Makin meriah dengan pelbagai coretan...

  4. Marc,

    Kenaikan elaun PGB/SP memang sudah diluluskan olih Kerajaan Malaysia. Cek untuk pembayaran pertama bagi bulan July 2009 sudah pun disampaikan olih PM pada 31 July sempena Hari Pahlawan baru baru ini.

  5. Tahniah! Your struggle have seen the light of day.I'm happy that the sacrifices the soldiers,police officers and trackers gave to the country have not gone forgotten or undeserved. All these remind me of our younger generation these days that even though they don't have to fight a war how could they be inculcated with the need to sacrifice or do something but for the love of the country? I think you Memorial project is one very important way. I guess they are many other possibilities and ways to get our younger generation love their country. How can you make modern kids nationalistic? BTW my new blog is at . I have to migrate to this new blog because the old blog is running out of free bytes.Have a nice day.

  6. Thanks Mahmud for reading my blog. I'll have a look at your new blog. I am amazed at your ability to name all the plants/flowers. Are you a botanist (is that the correct term)?

  7. Robert,
    I am very happy to see that you have finally obtained a small measure of recognition from the country's leaders.

  8. David,

    Thank you. I can belanja you teh tarik/tiger urine, sago worms, linut and umai.

  9. Dear Squad,
    I've exhausted almost all avenues to get the government to give the recipients of the other 3 medals, ie, JPP, PTU and KPK, a monthly allowance. My last attempt is to get MPs to bring this matter during the current Parliamentary session.

  10. Good luck in your struggle and effort squad.