26 September 2023

MALAYSIA: Officers cheer new benefits package

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The Malaysian Government has announced it will give Public Servants a special additional pay rise of RM100 ($A33), which is to be paid from January next year.

Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the pay rise would cost the Government an additional RM1.5 billion ($A50 million).

His announcement, together with a string of other measures, drew cheers and applause from the Public Servants present at a mass meeting at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.

Earlier, President of CUEPACS, the country’s main public sector union, Adnan Mat had called on the Government to raise salaries before Parliament was dissolved, or risk facing street protests.

Dato Sri Ismail also announced that Public Servants would be allowed to cash in on 180 unused annual leave days when they retired, an increase of 20 days.

He said this would allow them to keep their leave days for cash awards, giving them more money in hand when they retired.

He also announced an additional five special leave days for teachers who had served the Ministry of Education for more than 10 years.

Special leave is also be given to Government workers on the death of siblings or grandparents.

Previously, the leave had been available only when a spouse, parent, parent-in-law or child died.

“Once again, I thank all Civil Servants for always ensuring that Government machinery moves effectively as it implements its policies and aspirations,” Dato Sri Ismail said.

“Lastly, I urge the Civil Servants with me today, whether in the hall or outside or online, to continue giving the best service to our fellow Malaysians.”

Kuala Lumpur, 3 September 2022

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