Wednesday August 8, 2012
Discounts for uniformed men
By ZUHRIN AZAM AHMAD and STEVEN DANIEL
PUTRAJAYA: Some 241,000 officers and personnel from the armed forces and the police will enjoy discounts for various items, including sports apparel and equipment, vehicle spare parts and hotel services.
The discounts, which ranged between 5% and 25%, are offered under the 1Malaysia Privilege Card, which was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday.
So far, about 20 companies including Proton, BHP, Genting and Al-Ikhsan have signed up to offer the discounts.
Najib said the initiative, under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS 6), was aimed to recognise the sacrifices and commitment by Malaysian police and armed forces personnel.
In his speech during the launch at the Putrajaya Convention Centre here, Najib said the uniformed personnel made many sacrifices to ensure the rule of law and peace in the country.
“Members of the armed forces and the police are the unsung heroes, but still their contributions to the people and the country are huge and significant,” he added.
Najib said the introduction of the card was also a continuation of earlier initiatives to lessen the burden of the people, including members of the two services.
“Last week, we announced a half-month bonus or a minimum RM500 for civil servants, while pensioners will get a special payment of RM500.
“This latest initiative is to increase the disposable income of civil servants and uniformed personnel,” he added.
Later, during a buka puasa event at the Police Training Centre here, Najib told the police officers to transform their attitude and adapt to the demands of the modern world and not be discouraged by public criticism against them.
“When household incomes increase, people become more educated. They will thus give priority to security and safety (within their communities).
“They want to stay safe at work, school and at home.
“They are also aware of their rights and the law. As such, they demand accountability from the police, the Government and the relevant agencies,” he added.