PETALING JAYA: The cessation of Critical Service Incentive Allowance (BIPK) for new appointments that was scheduled to have started on Jan 1 has been deferred until a Cabinet decision is made on the matter, says the Public Service Department (PSD).
PSD director-general Datuk Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Rahman said the decision to end the allowance has been put off until a study is done with the relevant authorities and decided by the Cabinet.
“As such, the elimination of the BIPK for new appointments involving 33 professions as cited in the circular is postponed, ” said Mohd Khairul in a statement yesterday.
In a Dec 20 circular last year, the PSD announced that the PIBK for new appointments in 33 professions in the civil service beginning Jan 1 this year would be eliminated.
The professions, among others, are medical officers, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, engineers, air traffic controllers, architects, marine architects, legal officers, agricultural officers, vocational training officers, marine officers and research officers.
The decision caused an uproar, especially among upcoming medical professionals who will be joining the civil service to do their housemanship and compulsory service.The circular, however, said no current staff, permanent or temporary, would be affected by the move.
The PSD, in the circular, also said existing contractual staff would continue to receive their allowance as long as their contracts were renewed without any disruption to their service.
The PSD reasoned that the PIBK was not meant to be a permanent fixture, adding that it could be revoked if any service sector was deemed no longer critical.
It noted that a recent study done last year found that staff from 33 professions receiving BIPK no longer meet the criteria of the intended allowance, which was to attract candidates for the positions that are in short supply and difficult to fill.Following the study, a Cabinet committee on civil service chaired by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad decided that existing BIPK recipients would continue to receive the allowance but not the new ones.
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