KUANTAN: Civil servants in Pahang will take a pay cut in order to assist those affected by the movement control order during the Covid-19 pandemic.
State secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak said about 10,000 civil servants, consisting of appointees of the Pahang government, local authorities and state statutory bodies were ready to donate part of their salaries to Tabung Covid-19 Pahang, which was launched by the Mentri Besar.
"Throughout the movement control order, there are many who have been affected. Hawkers, food truck operators, taxi drivers and many more.
"Realising the difficulties faced by the people of Pahang, civil servants are called to help in carrying the burden.
"It is estimated that the donation will come up to RM100,000 a month. This sacrifice by the state civil servants is a small effort to show solidarity with the people of Pahang," he said in a statement on Tuesday (March 24).
On another matter, Sallehuddin said that there was a critical need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontliners during this period and thus the state disaster management committee had decided to start a do-it-yourself initiative.
He said the effort would involve organisations such as Puspanita, Bakat, Puteri Umno and several other NGOs.
"Besides that, the Bentong and Penor prisons will also cooperate in preparing the PPE.
"It is hoped that this small effort can help healthcare personnel who really need it. I call on the people of Pahang to also join in the effort," said Sallehuddin.