KUALA LUMPUR - The Government has no plans to reduce the salaries of civil servants in view of the present high cost of living, says Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.
Shahidan said cutting the salaries would make it even more difficult for public servants in dealing with the higher prices of items.
"However, the Government has announced cost cutting measures which among others, include the reduction of entertainment allowance of senior officers or those on the Public Sector Superscale (Jawatan Utama Sektor Awam or Jusa) in category C and above," he said in reply to a question by Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid (PKR - Kuala Langat) on Wednesday.
Abdullah Sani had asked whether the Government would review the requirements to reduce the salaries and allowances of civil servants due to the increase in cost of living and essential goods.
Under 11 cost cutting measures announced by the Prime Minister on Dec 30, the entertainment allowance of senior public officers who are ranked Jusa C and above will be cut by between 5 per cent and 10 per cent.
The toll payment facility for civil servants in the Jusa C category and above will also be reduced by between RM50(S$19.28) and RM100.
Shahidan also pointed out that senior civil servants would also have to forgo business class flights for the economy class while travelling for work.
"The purpose of us in carrying out such steps, aside from saving cost, is to encourage the rakyat to be thrifty as well," he said.