SHAH ALAM: Newly-elected Cuepacs president Adnan Mat has made known that he will focus on the various civil service employment schemes.
“The government has upgraded 16 schemes but there are many more which have not moved upward for the last 40 years, ’’ he said at the end of the Cuepacs triennial convention yesterday.
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 is stipulated for the positions under the respective schemes.”
Yet the remuneration remained the same, he said.
“This is what the government must look into as time has changed and people have obtained higher qualifications.
“So, it is time for the entry qualifications for these particular schemes to also be upgraded because it is the only way salaries will be able to commensurate with qualifications.’’
However, Adnan hoped there would not be any misunderstanding in regards to the policies they were implementing.
“The government of the day must look at the existing policies so that there won’t be any assumption that we are carrying out work in accordance to previous policies, ’’ he said.
Former Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda said he hoped the government would increase the salaries of civil servants in the lower rungs.
“For example, most have taken housing and car loans and a significant amount of their income shrinks because of this.
As a result, he said that many of them were struggling to make ends meet.
Azih, who will retire from the civil service soon, said the only option would be for the government to formulate a salary increase for these civil servants.