Boost for council workers

ENFORCEMENT officers and general workers from the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) and Seberang Prai Muni-cipal Council (MPSP) will have a bigger pay cheque from this month.

They will be given a special monthly allowance of RM150 as appreciation for their hard work, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said.

He said this at the City Hall in George Town on Wednesday at a symbolic ceremony to present mock cheques to representatives of MPPP workers who would be getting the allowance.

A similar ceremony was held at the MPSP headquarters in Bukit Mertajam yesterday.

Lim said 416 MPPP and 238 MPSP employees would receive the allowance.

He said the allowance for the MPPP employees added up to RM748,800 a year while those for MPSP employees totalled RM428,400 annually.

“We are aware of the challenging work general workers have to go through washing and unclogging drains while the enforcement officers have to carry out work like demolition, confiscation and wheel-clamping that might expose them to physical threats,” Lim said.

Of the 416 MPPP employees, 178 are from the 3D (dangerous, difficult and dirty) general workers team while 238 are enforcement officers. The 238 MPSP employees comprise 186 from the enforcement unit and 52 from the special squad.

MPPP president Patahiyah Ismail said she hoped the special allowance could encourage the officers and workers to work harder.

MPSP special squad member Md Yusof Md Isa, 55, said he was grateful to the state government for the allowance.

“This allowance will certainly inspire us to work even harder. Some days, we work round the clock and do not get any extra allowance for working after hours,” said Md Yusof who has been with the council for 33 years.

MPSP enforcement unit member Ahmad Ismail Abdul Rahim, 39, who was hit by a civilian when taking photographs during an operation against illegal stalls in Taman Pelangi a few months back, said he was glad the state recognised their services.

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