Cuepacs Sarawak wants salary increment and bonus for civil servants

Omar Bahrein

Omar Bahrein

MIRI: The Congress of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) Sarawak strongly supports the call for the government to give salary increment and bonus to civil servants due to the increasing cost of living.

This is in line with the recent press statement by Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda that the government give salary increment and bonus to tide civil servants over the economic hard times.

“Although there is an annual increment in salary, the amount is minimal and not enough for those who have more dependents.

“Thus, Cuepacs Sarawak strongly supports the call for the government to consider this matter which involves emolument for civil servants,” Cuepacs Sarawak secretary Omar Bahrein Unin told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Omar also hoped both the federal and state governments set up a special committee to review the 231 types of allowances in the civil service.

He said the review on the allowances could be done after the rationalisation of the 252 services scheme by the government starting this month.

“There are 231 types of allowances which have been provided for the public service.

“However, some of them have not been reviewed for more than 15 years including critical allowances.”

Among the allowances he hoped would be reviewed were regional allowance, cost of living allowance (Cola), medical and education allowances, travel claim allowances, meal and accommodation allowance.

In April this year, the director general of Public Service Department Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal said the department had completed the process of improving the existing 252 services scheme under the rationalisation of service scheme for the federal public service effective July this year.

On another matter, Omar said Cuepacs also urged the government not to freeze the posts left vacant but must be filled as soon as possible so the existing employees would not be burdened with additional responsibilities due to lack of manpower.

At the same time, Cuepacs thanked the government for the financial assistance payment of RM500 for civil servants and the two salary increments this month.