Civil servants’ salary scheme review ready by year end

MELAKA: After 12 years of no review of their salary structure, civil servants will see new salary rules before the end of the year.

The results of the Public Service Remuneration System (SSPA) study will be announced then, said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The Prime Minister said there have long been grievances about (the timeline) of the SSPA study because it has been 12 years since salary scales for civil servants were reviewed.

“I gave an assurance that I would look into it last year and now I want to expedite the process,” he said when meeting civil servants at the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) in Ayer Keroh.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh was also in attendance.

He said the results of the study would be presented to the Cabinet within the next three months.

“We will be able to announce the details in the third or fourth quarter of this year,” he said.

On Jan 20, the media reported that Interim Report 1 on the review of the SSPA was submitted to the Prime Minister on Jan 19.

In a Facebook post on Jan 20, the Public Service Department (PSD) said the report was submitted by the Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali, and PSD director-general, Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz, after the SSPA Review main committee meeting chaired by Anwar.

The focus of the meeting was on initiatives to increase the disposable income of civil servants.

Full implementation of the SSPA is set to begin in 2025, as announced by the Prime Minister when tabling Budget 2024.

Anwar also said that the government had set aside an additional RM10mil to enhance the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme in the state.

He also announced an additional RM25mil allocation for conservation efforts at the Unesco World Heritage Site in the historic city.

He also said that a total of RM238.7mil would be channelled to Melaka this year, compared to RM233.6mil last year.

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