Rising cost of living cited as reason for asking for 35% increment

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 16 Apr 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Cuepacs is asking for a 35% pay increase for the lower-income civil servants to meet the rising cost of living.

Its president Datuk Azih Muda (pic) said it was one of several requests that the congress had submitted to Public Service Department direc­­­­tor-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal in a memorandum recently.

Cuepacs also asked that the minimum basic salary be increased to RM1,200 from about RM800.

Azih said that at present, some 800,000 civil servants were earning a basic pay of between RM805 and RM820 respectively, which were below the national poverty line of RM880.

Cuepacs, he said, also hoped for a 10% to 20% pay increase for public servants in other scales.

He added that in the memorandum, they urged the Government to implement the 252 public service schemes before the Labour Day celebrations on May 1.

“The Government agreed to the schemes in August last year. We hope that the schemes can be backdated to Jan 1, 2015, just as it was for the pay rise of the Members of Parliament,” Azih told reporters after a gathering of civil servants at CIDB Convention Centre in Cheras here yesterday.

Azih said the Government had promised to conduct a salary review every five years but the last review was in 1991 while there were only salary adjustments during this time.

“We also appeal to the Govern­ment to review our salaries every three years,” he added.

Cuepacs has also asked that the minimum academic qualifications for applicants of public service be raised from PMR to SPM.

“Besides a slightly higher ba­sic salary, a civil servant with a mini­­mum SPM certificate will ele­vate work efficiency,” said Azih.

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