Saturday August 31, 2013
Time to review disability pension for soldiersKuala Lumpur
Admittedly, I'm totally ignorant about this 'disability pension (Pencen Hilang Upaya [PHU])'.
So, the article was forwarded to one of the recipients of PHU for his views. In addition to his concurrence of the contents of the letter, he expressed his frustrations, among others, excerpt....
Further to these please consider the following difficulties faced by injured soldiers for career upgrading/promotion:
1. Has to qualify by attending the respective career promotion courses.
2. Has to sit for the practical and written promotion exams.
3. What if he is blind, spent two years learning the Braille (for blind). Is there resource/ref books in braille for the blind while attending carrier course/ prepare promotion exam.
4. Soldiers (ORs & offr) who lost their limps has to attend practical course/exam to qualify for promotion. Thus there is no motivation for these soldiers to expose their capability/capacity to the maximum in relation to their squad/batch, leave alone the acceptance by their superiors to have a handicapped soldier in the unit under their command and the unjustified look/statement handed down by peers in the unit.
5. A soldier must be FE (medically) to be promoted. Generally injured soldiers are categorized as BE and LE medically.
6. An injured soldier is a loser all round: medically not fit to attend career course/ promotion.
7. Injury incapacitate or restrict him/her from fully contributing his/her mental capability.
To be continued...