It was pay day for 32 recipients consisting of police retirees, widows and dependents of police personnel from Perak. The money, totalling RM60,345.12 in all, was from the Warrior and National Defence Trust Fund (Tabong Amanah Perwira dan Pertahanan Negara) set up 42 years ago to provide assistance to security personnel killed or injured while defending the nation.
A brief ceremony, graced by Deputy Home Minister, Dato’ Lee Chee Leong, was held at the Senior Police Officers’ Mess, Ipoh on Monday, January 31. The fund, according to Lee, was not only meant for regular police personnel but for auxiliaries, reserves and volunteers too. “So long as they don the police uniform and are maimed or killed while on duty, they’ll receive financial aid, as a form of recognition by the government.”
The trust fund is managed by Amanah Raya Berhad, the nation’s premier trustee company. DCP Dato’ Mohd Shukri Dahlan, the state police chief, was in attendance.