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LTAT says paid gratuity of most army vets in Rafizi's list

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Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) today said it had paid most of the retired army men in the list presented by PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli, which he claimed had yet to receive their payments.

LTAT chairperson Mohd Anwar Mohd Nor said of the 110 in the list, 70 had already received their payments.

He also pointed out an error in Rafizi's list, stating that one of the 70 had received his payment nine years ago.

"The remaining 69 were paid between March 16, 2016 and April 4, 2016 within 24 hours of LTAT receiving complete documentation from the Army Salary Management Department (Ugat)," he said.

Rafizi had submitted the list on March 31 to back up his claim that LTAT was facing financial difficulties in paying out gratuity to retired army veterans.

He had claimed LTAT's financial difficulties was due to 1MDB failing to pay LTAT's subsidiary Perbadanan Perwira Harta Malaysia RM396.41 million as it acted as a turnkey contractor for the state fund.

Both 1MDB and LTAT have insisted that there were no outstanding payments between the two entities.

Anwar in his statement today said LTAT have only just received documentation from Ugat for 23 more retired army veterans in the list for processing and it is still waiting documentation for 16 more.

Another's application is stalled due to finger print verification issues, bringing the total to 110.

As such, Anwar said Rafizi's claims were untrue and LTAT has commenced legal action against him.

He also criticised Rafizi for highlighting that LTAT's cash balance was at RM561 million for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2013, half of what it was in 2014 which was at RM1.117 billion.

Anwar said the RM561 million figure was after LTAT had made all necessary payments including gratuity for 2014.

He also defended against Rafizi's claim that LTAT had pumped RM198 million into PPHM, stating that PPHM had several projects to carry out including the construction of 2,000 affordable homes in Bukit Jalil.

He reiterated that PPHM had already received payments for acting as 1MDB's turnkey contractor for the upgrade of air bases and and its financial position is not affected by the state-owned fund.

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