MELAKA: The Melaka government has announced a Hari Raya cash incentive for 5,169 civil servants.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali (pic) said the civil servants would receive half of their monthly salary, or a minimum of RM1,000 including those employed under contract and on a daily wages basis by May 6.
“The state government has decided to deposit the festive incentive as part of a goodwill gesture after carefully evaluating the financial status of the state government, ”he said on Wednesday (April 28).
Sulaiman said that the views of various parties, as well as gauging the financial capacity of the state government were taken into consideration before the decision on the Raya incentive was reached.
He said his earlier statement that there will be no Raya bonus for civil servants this year was made as the state had to look into various aspects before reaching a decision.
“We will surely distribute some sort of cash incentives for the festive season.
“Like 2020, no bonus was given to civil servants during Raya, but payments were made to them during the Aidiladha season, ” he said.
On April 25, Sulaiman said the state government was unable to come up with the Raya bonus due to the insufficient reserve in the state’s coffer due the impact of Covid-19.
He also said that fewer foreign direct investments due to the pandemic also caused Melaka to face a dip in its revenues.