The Congress of Union of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) in Sarawak, wants a review of allowances in Budget 2017.
These civil service allowances, it said in a statement, are outdated. “There are 230 types of allowances including those which may not be relevant anymore.”
Cuepacs Sarawak Secretary Omar Bahrein Unin added there’s a need to improve the household income of its members. “The last time that civil service allowances were reviewed was 12 years ago.”
He agrees with the recent call by Cuepacs President Azih Muda that the welfare of civil servants should be taken care of better. “They should not be burdened by the cost of living increasing every year,” said Omar in the statement in the Borneo Post.
The Cuepacs Secretary in Sarawak was providing a curtain-raiser on the National Budget speech on October 21 by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
He noted that Azih had called on the Federal Government to ensure that civil service allowances are based on the cost of living.
Cuepacs in Sarawak, he continued, wants Budget 2017 to consider the welfare of civil servants as well.
Already, he said, the savings rate of civil servant families are less than 0.69 per cent. “This is very low.”
“Many have zero rate savings.”
It’s an indicator that civil servant families could not save, their salaries being too low, coupled with having to put up with cost of living increases, said Omar.
At the same time, he said, “they are burdened with mortagage payments for the house and car installments.”
Elsewhere, he expressed the hope that the relatively stable world crude oil prices would see better bonuses for civil servants.
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