KUALA LUMPUR: Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) pilots and crew members will enjoy hefty increases in their flying allowances from Friday.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the new allowances would range from RM600 to RM3,500, depending on the rank and category. The current rates are from RM300 to RM1,100.
Flying instructors who used to get the same flying allowance as other pilots would now get RM4,000.
“The increase is long overdue. We think RMAF pilots should get the same incentive as DCA (Department of Civil Aviation) pilots,” he said after chairing the weekly post-Cabinet meeting at the Asia-Pacific Auction Centre in Subang Jaya yesterday.
Under the new rates, an RMAF Kapten, Mejar, Lt Kolonel, Kolonel, Brig-Jen, Mej-Jen, Lt-Jen and Jen would receive flying allowances of between RM2,500 and RM3,500. A Leftenen would receive between RM1,300 and RM3,000 and a Lt Muda between RM1,000 and RM2,000.
Other flight crew members, namely air quartermasters, stewards, flight engineers and loadmasters currently receiving a flying allowance of RM400, would have it increased to RM1,000.
Najib said the new rates would serve as a “big encouragement” for RMAF pilots to remain in service.
“We have never doubted their interest or motivation but if the rewards are not appropriate, then they will be forced to look for higher pay in the private sector,” he said.
Commenting on a separate matter, Najib said the Government had not received any demand for ransom from the kidnappers of two Malaysians in southern Philippines.
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