KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — Armed forces personnel should support the government if they want more of the efforts taken to improve their welfare, said Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
Addressing hundreds of attendees at the launch of “Satu Anggota Satu Rumah” (SASaR) at Kem Transmitter in Sungai Besi here today, the caretaker defence minister said he was sincere in his agenda to improve the lot of soldiers.
He insisted the government was committed to uplifting the welfare of its military personnel at all times, and not only during elections.
“I did my best. I am not corrupt and I am sincere in my agenda and vision for the Defence Ministry.
“If you feel like there is still more left for me to do, then it is up to you,” he said,
He expressed confidence that military personnel will be able to evaluate matters objectively instead of being swayed by the allegations and false promises made by Barisan Nasional’s rivals.
The Umno vice-president said these were simply efforts to drive a wedge between his coalition and the military.
“Others can point their fingers at us, spew insults, or ridicule what we are trying to achieve with our agenda but we still stand together to make our shared dreams come true.
“I am asking all of you to believe in me. If you are confident in our agenda, if you love your MinHan, please believe that we will keep all our promises so continue to give your support,” he said, using his nickname from among the armed forces members.
Hishammuddin later announced that 3,500 houses will be built by 2022 for soldiers, veterans and ministry staff.
“1,800 units are allocated for the Army, 1,260 units for the officers and 180 units for the veterans.
“For the Navy and Air Force members, we have allocated 600 units each. 420 for serving officers and 180 for the veterans.
“Meanwhile, the other 500 units are for Mindef staff,” he said.
The affordable housing project is one of the initiatives under the Defence Ministry Housing Blueprint launched on April 3.
It offers houses with the size ranging between 1,000 to 1,200 square feet and priced between RM150,000 to RM250,000 per unit.
Hishammuddin said the government will also continue to build 40,627 houses under Programme Rumah Angkatan Tentera that has been going on since 2015 until 2030.
The two other main initiatives under the Blueprint are 1Malaysia Veteran Home Repair Programme and Programme Rumah Idaman.