SHAH ALAM: Former Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services Malaysia (Cuepacs) president Datuk Azih Muda (pic) hopes the government would increase the salaries of civil servants in the lower rungs.
Azih, who will retire from the civil service soon, said those from these schemes were currently in the B40 and M40 categories, with many living below the poverty line.
“For example, most have taken out housing and car loans, and a significant amount of their income shrinks because of this.
“Housing loans in the public sector stretches up to 30 to 35 years and most of the time, it continues even after they have retired," he added.
He said because of this, many struggle to support their families and meet their financial commitments.
Azih said the only option would be for the government to formulate a salary increase for these civil servants.
Meanwhile, newly-elected Cuepacs president Adnan Mat said one of his main focuses would be the various civil service employment schemes.
“Some of the schemes have been stagnant and have not moved forward at all.
“The government has upgraded 16 schemes, but there are many more which have not moved upwards for the last 40 years, ’’ Adnan told reporters are the end of the Cuepacs triennial convention at the Shah Alam Convention Centre here on Thursday (Dec 19).
Adnan, who beat four others to win the congress’ top post, said the schemes must also be upgraded according to the qualifications of the employees.
“Civil servants now come into the service with qualifications higher than what are stipulated for the positions under the respective schemes."
Adnan who is the deputy president of the Almagated National Union of Local Authorities Employees (Anulae), received 676 votes to emerge as the winner.
A total of 1,369, out of the 1,509 delegates from 114 affiliate unions attending the three-day congress were eligible to vote.
Abdul Rahman Mohd Nordin, won the secretary-general’s position uncontested, and takes over the position from Adnan.
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