KUALA LUMPUR: The Communications and Digital Minister hinted that there may be some good news for civil servants next year, most likely involving a salary increase.
Fahmi Fadzil, who is the Unity Government's spokesperson, said it would also involve pensioners and would be announced by either the Prime Minister or the Chief Secretary to the Government.
"First of all, we have approved the White Paper on Progressive Wage Policy for workers in the private sector. So starting in 2024, or the first year of its implementation, we hope to provide better incomes for private sector workers.
"At the same time, for the public sector, the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) has said before that we have already carried out a review of the salary scheme, and by 2024, Insya-Allah, there will be a salary increase for civil servants."
Fahmi said this after delivering a keynote address at the Public Service Delivery Systems: Making It More Efficient and Effective forum at the National Institute of Public Administration, organised by the Administrative and Diplomatic Officers Alumni Association on Monday (Nov 12).
Fahmi said the Cabinet had also made several decisions involving civil servants and government pensioners.
"...so expect good news in 2024," he said.
Meanwhile, Fahmi said his ministry is still studying the need to amend the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 to protect women and children from exposure to sexual attacks in the cyber world.
"We are not ready to bring those amendments to Parliament yet because we want to ensure that the engagement process includes feedback from various parties," he said.
Fahmi also says that the Madani Government One Year Anniversary Programme, happening from Jan 8 to 10, will adhere to the directives and advice from the Health Ministry following the increase in Covid-19 cases.
It was said that 102 government services would be available during the programme at National Stadium Bukit Jalil. Over 200,000 visitors are expected to attend. – Bernama