Sabah civil servants to receive half-month bonus

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah civil servants will receive a half-month bonus with a minimum payment of RM1,000 to help tide them over during the Covid-19 pandemic, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor announced.

He said 20,271 state civil servants as well as contract and part-time staff would receive the bonuses in January next year.

In disclosing this while tabling the state's Budget 2022 at the legislative assembly sitting here on Friday (Dec 3), Hajiji said he appreciated the services of the civil servants who continued to serve despite the pandemic.

"Despite challenges, their spirits were not dampened and they continued to serve the government to ensure the smooth running of the administrative machinery," he said.

In addition, Hajiji said the state government will fund preliminary works on the construction of an affordable housing scheme for its civil servants.

"I hope this incentive will inspire civil servants to work harder to improve the quality of service to the people.

“The civil service is the pulse of the state government. The government needs to ensure that the civil service is functioning at a high level of efficiency and can deliver the best services to the people," he said.

Hajiji also said the state government had allocated RM56.44mil to upgrade digital facilities to allow maximum use of digital platforms and increase efficiency.

He also said a further RM3.75mil will be allocated to the state Finance Ministry and state Public Service Department to continue the Electronic Government Development Agenda (e[1]Government), Creative Innovation Programme and ICT Development Programme.

During the period from 2022 to 2025, he said the state government, through Sabah Net, will continue to upgrade all government offices’ Internet lines to fibre-optic networks with speeds from 30Mbps to 100Mbps.

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