The card would be offered to the 1.4 million civil servants under phase two and, later, to all Malaysians under phase three, said www.1mprivilege.my, the Finance Ministry’s website dedicated to the initiative.
The first phase was launched on Tuesday to benefit members of the armed forces and the police.
1MPrivilege is an initiative under the National Blue Ocean Strategy mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to lessen the people’s financial burden.
Najib on Tuesday said the initiative was the government’s way of appreciating security personnel, who had made huge sacrifices for the nation’s security.
Under phase one — which is the result of a collaboration between the Home, Defence and Finance Ministries — 241,000 policemen and soldiers will receive their cards free of charge.
Those who do not get theirs by Sept 1 can contact their superiors.
Card users get discounts at 20 outlets, including Mydin, KFC, Jakel Trading, Al-Ikhsan and BH Petrol.
The card will subsequently be given to retired security personnel.
Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin, in a text message to the New Straits Times yesterday, said widows and widowers of fallen security personnel could be considered later.
Registration of card users’ details are not compulsory.
However, it is encouraged via the 1MPrivilege portal, which enables users to receive news about discounts and participating merchants as well as to update their details. – NST