KUCHING: The recent increase in pension rate for government pensioners is not a gimmick to fish for votes, said Assistant Housing Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
Speaking at the opening of the 40th annual general meeting of Sarawak Pensioners Association (PPKS), he pointed out that pensioners now enjoy many benefits including the RM500 assistance under the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) for households earning under RM3,000.
“All of these are not because the election is near,” he said. Abdul Karim was representing Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg for the function.
Government pensioners are set to receive a corresponding 7 to 13 per cent increase in their monthly pensions to be paid beginning April, with arrears from January this year. This is following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the improved Malaysian Remuneration System (SSM).
Abdul Karim also reminded pensioners, who had yet to apply for BR1M assistance, to do so before the deadline on March 31.
On another matter, he also advised pensioners to continue contributing positively to the society even though they were no longer serving in the government service.
“Treat retirement days as golden stage of your life, not as sunset stage,” he said.