RETIREMENT is only a phase and retirees can still contribute to the community.

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said retirement is just another chapter in life and it does not mean the end of everything.

“I’ve known some retirees who continue to contribute, some through charitable causes.

“Some who used to work in Kuala Lumpur are now back in Perak to serve the state,” he said during a luncheon to honour retired civil servants at the Amanjaya Convention Hall in Ipoh on Thursday.

“Some the charitable works have also expanded to cover foreign countries,” he said.

“It is not the end when there’s still life. It all depends on ourselves,” he added.

Zambry taking a group photo with former government servants during a luncheon to honour them.

He said people should always be positive, especially when they are retired.

“I’ve seen some elders sulking because they can’t get what they want.

“Some also complain that their children don’t come back to visit,” he said.

Zambry also said he too, is planning ahead for himself when he retires.

“I hope I can retire before I am forced to retire,” he said in jest.

“However, we do need to be prepared, both physically and mentally, for when the time comes,” he said.

2 Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir presenting a letter of appreciation to Ipoh City Council retiree Abu Hassan Talib during a luncheon to honour retired civil servants at the Amanjaya Convention Hall on Thursday (may 5).

Zambry presenting a letter of appreciation to Ipoh City Council retiree Abu Hassan Talib. – Photos by RONNIE CHIN/The Star

“Maybe I can go back to teaching, writing or give a series of lectures on my experience in the administration and as a mentri besar,” he added.

Over 200 retired civil servants were invited to the luncheon, including those who have served for over 20 years and aged 50 and above.

Each eligible retiree was given a special incentive in the form of a trust and premium funds worth RM3,000 as a token of appreciation for their service.