Thursday, October 8, 2009


I received an email from a retired naval officer who wants to share his concern and views with me of where he thinks the government has failed to honour its pledges that it cares for the people. Probably, the experience that he has with his aged parents who requires regular medical aid, has made him to doubt that the Caring Society slogan has any meaning at all, since as a government retiree, his parents is no longer entitled to the free medical privileges or assistance at government hospitals that was extended to his parents when he was in service.

Below is the full text of the email that I have received from the retired navy officer for viewing by my readers.

1. I have come to know recently that parents of retired government servants ( including retired Armed Forces personnels) are no longer entitled to extended free medical privileges and assistance. The parents are only entitled to such privileges and assistance whilst their children are in the government service.

2. The discontinuance of such privilege and assistance to all retired government servants is certainly not in keeping with the 'Caring Society' spirit that the government has been saying all along.

3. It must be remembered that once a government servant goes into retirement, all he gets now is about half of what he earns when he is in the service. And if he still has his aging parents to care, the medical bills required by them will pose a serious drain to his monthly pension, besides having to maintain himself, his family an to pay for the monthly dues.

4. The Malaysian society as we know, generally does not neglect their aging parents, nor would they want to deliberately dump their aging parents to the care of the Old Folks Home, like what we know of western societies. Our society is one that cares, and caring for ones parents until their final day becomes a responsibility to be borne by the children.

5. In fairness to all retired government servants who have served diligently for the many good years of their lives, they should not be deprived of the free extended medical privileges and assistance for their aging parents. And paying for medical bills at any private hospitals today can be taxing on a retiree, and it is for this reason that most retirees prefer to be treated at a government hospital.

6. In the true spirit of a Caring Society and Goodwill, I would like to appeal that the government continues to accord the aging parents of all retired government servants, the free extended medical privileges and assistance.



komando said...

If they change this policy we change the GOVERNMENT...IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT..



Anak said...

Dear Sir,

Firstly, I want to thank you for protecting this country. Secondly, thank you for speaking out about the ruling party trying to destroy our Army. It's sad that the BN have already tainted the police force. You wouldn't believe how much corruption the police is involved with the gangsters. I hope the veteran will protect this honorable profession. Once again, as a Malaysian I want to thank you for protecting our Military. I hope we have more generals like you that will speak out.

josephng said...

Dear Sir

Salam. Just found out about your blog and I am following it now. Fair and reasonable when it comes to issues.

My father used to serve in the air force in the 80s but only for a short period of time. Couldn't take the politics and unfair policy (implicit race based policy) implemented.

But nevertheless I believe the military as a whole is still serving the country honorably.

Unfortunately this country is run by a corrupted UMNO govt and have brought all the govt agencies (police, military) down to a level which civilians despise and do not trust, no more.

I hope with your influence and those ex-soldiers who have conscience about what is justice and fairness to continue to reach out to those militaries to open their horizon to see what is bad and what is good.

I once wanted to serve in military too when i was young but after seeing what happened to my dad, i totally felt disgusted about the inside happenings and I hope you can emphatise with us (especially the chinese) why we are unwilling to serve as govt servant.

We may not serve the country as a govt servant but we do love this country as our own and we hope to have people from all races and walks of life once again come together to be united to yearn and work towards changing the country to a better country for all of us and our children.

ArshadRaji said...

Dear Josephng n Anak,

Thanks to both of you for your kind words. Josephng, if your dad had joined the Air Force in the late 60's or early 70's, I will certainly know him Regards to all.

Salt N Turmeric said...


im confused by this post. Is this in Malaysia? The country that has government hospitals where the fees is next to nothing?

Does the perk really extended to the parents of the servicemen/women? Is that person talking about medical assistance in government hospitals or private hospitals?

Sorry but I really don't understand the angst because living outside Malaysia now has taught me how good life we Malaysian have in Malaysia.

The grass is not always greener on the other side.