THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) employees should not be given a three-month bonus and the state government should be commended for rejecting their request,
This was the opinion of almost four-fifths of those who responded to The Star Online poll in which readers were asked whether MBPJ employees should receive a three-month bonus.
Almost 80% of respondents said “no”, while only 21% replied in the affirmative. A total of 2,249 respondents took part in the survey.
The state government had agreed to a one-month reward for MBPJ employees, subject to strict performance evaluation conditions, while MBPJ councillors will not be entitled to the bonus at all.
When asked if council employees should receive the one-month reward, 53% said “yes” while 49% said “no.”
Among the responses received from those who said “no” was that the council is not a profit-making organisation and as such, bonuses should not be awarded.
Others cited the poor infrastructure.
“Just look at the quality of services delivered. The roads are a good example. They should save the money to improve infrastructure.”
Others faulted MBPJ for their poor service, including contractors.
“They are very arrogant when approached. They are not helpful. They don’t have the professional ethics on how to handle the public.”
“The sub-contractors and their workers give rotten service. They fail to properly and completely remove garbage spilled or left behind in and around bins for years.”
Others felt that MBPJ employees did not deserve such a large payout because there was still plenty of room for improvement.
“Bonus should be based on performance and the council had not shown their competency in managing their jobs to the satisfaction of the rakyat.”
“Plenty of things show they have been lazing on the job. Uncollected garbage in many places and many roads are in terrible condition. Why are they not checking and ensuring the job is done? If they were my staff, they would have been given warning letters or sacked.”
They also faulted MBPJ for delays in carrying out several projects.
“A good example is the construction work at the PJ Old Town roundabout, which has been going on for more than 18 months and is still not completed.”
Other respondents cited the challenging economic times as a reason for rejecting the bonus payout.
“When so many Malaysians are being retrenched, they should be happy because they have a job, let alone a bonus.”
Those who said “yes” said it would be a good way to motivate staff, and that a one-to-two month bonus was reasonable.
“Why not? If they actually deserve it.”