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Optimise time with beneficial activities, retirees told

Rokiah Mahmud

Acting Director of Administration and Finance Haji Kamarul Azam bin Haji Mohamad yesterday called on retirees to optimise their time with beneficial activities and continue to contribute to the country.

He said this at a ceremony to present certificates and mementos to 405 officers and staff from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and its departments who retired in 2019, 2020 and 2021 at a ceremony at the Al-‘Afiah Hall.

Haji Kamarul Azam added that retirement serves as a medium to reflect in life’s journey where we have reached a stage of maturity and are rich with life’s experiences.

“During this phase, it provides more time for the retirees to engage in programmes or activities they were unable to be a part of due to limitation of time while performing their services,” Haji Kamarul Azam as the chairman of the organising committee said.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, the guest of honour, presented certificates and souvenirs.

Acting Director of Administration and Finance Haji Kamarul Azam bin Haji Mohamad
Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar presents a token of appreciation and certificate. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
ABOVE & BELOW: Hajah Rusnah binti Durani with colleagues; and attendees

From the total, 398 officers and staff completed their service for mandatory retirement, and seven for early retirement. Out of this, 137 retired in 2019, 142 retired in 2020 while 126 retired in 2021.

Retiree Hajah Rusnah binti Durani explained that she started working at MoH from 1979 to 2019 which is around 40 years.

Her last position was senior nurse assistant which provided her with a lot of experience in handling patients.

Meanwhile, Hajah Armah binti Haji Ali said she worked at the MoH from 1980 to 2019.

Experience in handling different patients including adults, children and expectant mothers were among valuable memories that she treasures.

Also present were Acting Permanent Secretary at the MoH Dr Ang Swee Hui, Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Management) at the MoH Dr Rafidah binti Haji Gharif, heads of departments, officers and staff of the ministry.

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