Help civil servants with cost of living: Malaysia govt urged

Help civil servants with cost of living: Malaysia govt urged
Datuk Azih Muda

KUALA LUMPUR - Cuepacs has urged the Government to expedite the improvement of 252 public service schemes in order to help civil servants tackle the increasing cost of living.

Its president Datuk Azih Muda said the congress was still in the dark over its demand for the Government to review 252 public service schemes.

He said the congress had not received any feedback on its demands over the enhancement of the service schemes involving their salary scale and allowance review.

"The civil servants are feeling the pinch due to the rise in the cost of living. Now, it is not only the question of owning houses, it is hard to make ends meet on our salary scale.

"The Government must ensure that the salary scale for civil servants is above the poverty line," he said in a press conference here yesterday.

Azih said there were two groups - supporting group I and II - which were earning a basic salary of RM805 and RM820 respectively, which were well below the national poverty line at RM880 and below.

"We ask the Government to em­­pathise with these lower-income civil servants.

"The Government has already decided to take away the petrol subsidy. Prices of goods are on the rise. What will happen to the civil servants in the next five years?" he asked.

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