Many police retirees still unaware of trust fund

Mazlan deliver his speech. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Retired policemen and former cops will be taken care of financially through the ‘Tabung Amanah Warisan Polis’ trust fund.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said many retired policemen and former cops did not know about this fund, which has five categories of assistance.

They are death assistance of RM1,500; mobility assistance; medical assistance of RM5,000; educational assistance of RM3,000; and disaster assistance of RM10,000.

“To date, PDRM (Royal Malaysian Police) have helped 1,635 retired policemen nationwide, and RM3.25mil worth of financial assistance had been handed out.

“As for the Sarawak Police Contingent Headquarters (IPK), only 45 applications for death and education assistance totalling RM97,000 had been approved. This goes to show that there are still many unaware of this trust fund.

“It is either because they did not know about the fund or they want to apply but don’t know how to,” he said after officiating at the presentation of food baskets at the Senior Police Officer’s Mess, Sarawak IPK here on Tuesday (Oct 26).

Mazlan said there were about 4,328 retired policemen in Sarawak, “however, the number could be more as some did not inform their place of residence.”

“If there are police retirees who have not been contacted, let us know because we want to help them.

“We have a helpline (03-22668387) which they can call to get more information on the ‘Tabung Amanah Warisan Polis’.

“If they want us to come to them, it will be difficult. Therefore, they need to call the helpline or if they have children, they can visit epesara.rmp.gov.my for the assistance,” he added.

He also expressed his appreciation to the government for giving a RM500 one-off payment to retirees and former cops who received the Pingat Jasa Pahlawan Negara award while serving during the emergency.

He disclosed that RM5mil had been paid out in the first phase while the second phase would also involve another RM5mil. The third phase involves RM11mil.

To date, 28,595 retired policemen and former cops have received the RM500 payment.