More states announce Raya cash aid for civil servants

Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.

PETALING JAYA: Several more states have announced special financial assistance for civil servants in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

In Kuantan, Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said about 8,000 civil servants of all grades in the state would receive RM1,000 each on May 7, involving a financial allocation of about RM8mil.

“Others who will receive the payment are federal civil servants with grade Jusa C and above who are serving in the state, ” he said after chairing the state executive council meeting where the decision was made yesterday.

In Alor Setar, Kedah Mentri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor said RM1,000 Hari Raya Aidilfitri assistance would be given to all state civil servants.

He added that this involved an allocation of RM5.3mil and would benefit 5,300 state civil servants including contract workers.

He said the payment would be made before Aidilfitri, which is expected to fall on May 13.

In Seremban, Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminudin Harun said those serving in the state civil service, local councils and statutory bodies would get a half-month salary or a minimum RM1,000 special payment for Hari Raya.

He added that 5,843 employees would benefit from the payment which will be made on May 3. The exercise will cost the state government RM9.9mil.

“We decided to make the special one-off payment as these employees have performed well the past year, especially in revenue collection.

“The move is also to assist them to prepare for Hari Raya as almost 92% of them are in the B40 category, ” Aminudin told reporters.

Of the 5,843 employees, 3,974 are in the state civil service and the rest are in local councils and statutory bodies.

In Melaka, the state government announced a special aid of half-month’s salary or minimum of RM1,000 for its civil servants and RM250 for government pensioners.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali said the aid would benefit 5,169 civil servants in the state.

“The payment will also be given to daily part-time and contract workers. It will be paid with the May salary on May 6 or before Raya, ” he said.

In Kuching, the Chief Minister’s Office said the Sarawak government would pay special aid of RM500 to all state civil servants for Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Gawai.

It added that the payment would be made in May ahead of both festive celebrations.

The state governments’ decisions come after the Federal Government announced last week that federal civil servants would get similar payments while pensioners would receive RM250.

The Selangor and Sabah state governments also announced Hari Raya aid of a half-month’s salary or minimum RM1,000 and RM500 respectively last week.

Perak announced on Monday that a RM1,000 Aidilfitri bonus would be paid to all its civil servants.

Mentri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad said the assistance would be paid on May 20, which is after Hari Raya, as they would have received their April and May salaries before the festival.

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