Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (centre) with Sabah Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Aman (right) at the 'Daulat Februari 13' Award Ceremony in Padang Merdeka, Kota Kinabalu. last night. Pix by MALAI ROSMAH TUAH

SANDAKAN: The government has approved the incentive payment for 1,200 Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) personnel stationed at 22 new posts under Op Pasir in Sabah, starting this month.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein in announcing this said the implementation of Bayaran Insentif Tugas Stesen Luar Pantai (BITSLP) will ensure that each soldier involved will be entitled to RM16 a day.

This translates to RM1,400 for three months (the standard period for serving at these posts on rotational basis). The implementation came following the ministry’s application to the Public Service Department, Hishamuddin added.

“All 22 new posts were created after the Lahad Datu intrusion, and this incentive payment is the government’s way of ensuring the welfare of our ATM troops.

“Previously personnel tasked at these posts were not entitled to BITSLP as the posts were not gazetted yet.

“With this payment, I hope it will increase their spirits in efforts to protect the nation’s sovereignty,” he told reporters after officiating the Libaran Umno delegates meeting here.

Also present was Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

Hishammuddin, who is also Special Functions Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said previously the incentive was given to ATM personnel engaged at five posts around Spratly Island on the South China Sea, 28 existing Op Pasir posts in Sabah’s east coast, and two Op Pejarak posts in Pulau Perak and Pulau Jarak on the Straits of Malacca.

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