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Additional RM 6 billion for the pay rise before the general election 13.

At least 50% of public servant headcount can be fired for a better efficiency in the public service and cost saving to keep our public servant ratio to 2.3%, albeit 2.3% is still higher than Thailand.

Malaysia with 1.3 million public servants is going to drain out scarce resources to salary and pension payments, the funds leftover for development is minimum.

Malaysian public servant to population percentage is the highest in the world. Another boleh record!

Malaysia: 4.5%
Thailand: 2.06%
Indonesia: 1.79%
Singapore: 1.47%
South Korea: 1.85%

Pay rise for civil servants

Reports by ZUHRIN AZAM AHMAD, FLORENCE A. SAMY, KAREN CHAPMAN, REGINA LEE and JOSEPH SIPALAN

PUTRAJAYA: Civil servants are to receive salary increases of between 7% and 13% under an improved Malaysian Remuneration System.

This follows the scrapping of the controversial Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA), which had come under criticism from government employees.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the improved Malaysian Remuneration System (SSM) to applause from more than 10,000 civil servants at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.

“I hope that this would be the best solution for the benefit of the civil service,” he said.

Immigration Department staff members cheering after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced salary increases of between 7% and 13%. — MOHD SAHAR MISNI / The Star

The Prime Minister said employees in the management and professional group from grades 1 to 54 would get an adjustment of 13%. They form the bulk of the 1.4 million civil servants.

“The SSM salary structure will be adapted from the Matrix Salary Schedule to the Minimum-Maximum Salary Schedule for Grades 1 to 54.

“The rate of the annual increment for this group is fixed between RM80 and RM320 according to grade.”

Najib said that employees on the Superscale (JUSA Jawatan Utama Sektor Awam) and Special Grades A, B and C would have their salaries adjusted by 9%.

Salaries of Staff Grade II and III officers would be adjusted by 8%.

Salaries of Staff Grade I officers and the Chief Secretary to the Government would be adjusted by 7%.

Lower-ranking civil servants had objected to SBPA after it was found to benefit mostly the top officials.

Under SBPA, the Chief Secretary to the Government would receive RM60,000 and Staff Grade officers about RM36,000 a month.

In contrast, some in the lower grades would get an increase of as little as RM1.70.

SBPA was to have been implemented on Jan 1, but Najib on Jan 12 ordered it postponed and three days later announced the setting up of a task force to review the scheme.

The task force, headed by former Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam, was given three months to get feedback and to come up with recommendations to the government.

It received 1,087 complaints besides several memorandums while 23 unions and associations submitted proposals. They include Cuepacs, the National Union of the Teaching Profession, Malaysian Medical Association and the Malaysian Academic Association.

The Prime Minister also announced that the Cost of Living Allowance (Cola) would be increased from RM200 to RM250 for the B (semi-urban) area, and from RM100 to RM150 for the C (rural) area.

The Cola for the A or urban area is now RM300.

Najib said the Critical Service Incentive Payment, Regional Incentive Payment, Interior Incentive Payment and the Educational Subject Incentive Payment would be maintained.

Najib said that a commission comprising relevant interest groups would be set up to make a comprehensive study concerned not only with remuneration but also the type of civil service required in the future.

“Remember that whatever we do today will have a long-term impact. The Government does not want Malaysia to face a financial catastrophe like Greece,” Najib said.

The nkkhoo.com comment board with Facebook account.
ariel says:

BTN is full of BN propaganda to force civil servants to be patriotic to BN.

Good example here: http://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/38926/

The BTN lecturers made it clear that the true meaning of patriotism was to favour the ruling party. We were quizzed, for example, using a multiple-choice question:

“You are the head of a government department, planning a course in professionalism and integrity for your department. Three candidates are short-listed to provide the course, having fulfilled the technical criteria:

i) A foreign company with excellent competence, offering a competitive price;

ii) A local company known to be a strong supporter of the ruling party, but with limited competence; and

iii) A local company known to be a strong supporter of an opposition party, with ample competence, which pledges not to allow politics to interfere with its delivery of the contract.”

Most participants chose (iii). However, the BTN facilitators revealed that the correct answer is (ii), because we must, as civil servants, obey the instructions of the ruling party.

nkkhoo says:

This may be sound odd, but public servant serving the ruling party is absolutely correct.

The wrong for choice ii is the project is not offered for public tender. The loyalty to ruling party is wrongly applied by the department head.

The participants also wrong to chose iii.

The correct missing answer is iv, the project has to be open tendered with clear criteria, and the political alignment must be singled out in tender.

老百姓 says:

“金饭碗”,古时指皇帝吃饭的碗,民间传言,能得金饭碗,一生衣食无忧。在现代,“金饭碗”则指待遇优厚的职位,亦成吃国粮的另称,得此“金饭碗”,便意味着从此前程似锦、丰衣足食、生活美好。

国阵政府在全球经济前景不明朗的大前题下,再发一个月半花红于被视为国阵“铁票”的公务员!

花红的付给不是根据国家的经济成涨率,国家赚钱与否来做标准的吗? 赚钱也给,没赚钱也给。

哇靠! 你有问过我们还所得税的人民吗?

羊毛出在羊身上,国家已经负债第十六年了还年年派大钱,在这样下去很快就玩完。。就会天天想办法搞花样跟人民拿钱。一张信用卡收什么RM50,买车进口税又贵死人,汽油跌价它反应钝,汽油起价它漏夜起! 最后,又是谁受苦?

再不换, 大马真的会玩完!!

Karena says:

一百萬個公僕家庭是至少400萬張選票的超級票倉,Ah Jib不向他們討好要向誰討好?

David says:

Najib said this when giving pay rise to civil servants:

“Remember that whatever we do today will have a long-term impact. The Government does not want Malaysia to face a financial catastrophe like Greece,”

Don’t believe?
Read The Star here:
http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/3/9/nation/10885945&sec=nation

Malaysians pay RM1.20 for The Star to be comforted by a great quote from their beloved leader.

Ranjit says:

BN depends on civil servant votes to survive.
Wasting rakyat money. So I will not pay my tax!

Rafiq says:

The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) says that 5.5 million people in the country are eligible to pay taxes but only 1.7 million are active taxpayers. As the Malaysian population stands at 28.3 million, it means only 6% are paying taxes, which explains why the government debt is increasing while wealth disparity and income gap are worsening.

So we have 1.7 million Malaysians paying the salaries of 1.2 million employees in the civil service which means that approximately 1.5 tax-paying Malaysians is paying the salary of ONE civil servant.

And why is this so? Since the 1990’s, the civil service has been expanding rapidly with accelerated growth since 2007:

1990: 773,997 government employees
2000: 894,788 staff members
2010: @ 1.2 million government employees
2011: 1.3 million government employees (Source: FMT)

What about salaries? In 2005, RM25.6Billion was spent on salaries but by 2008, this figure increased to RM41.0Billion (in other words, each tax payer forked out RM22,800)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows Malaysia having the highest ratio of civil servants to the population in the Asia-Pacific region at 4.68% with Indonesia having 1.79%, Philippines 1.81%, South Korea 1.85% and Thailand 2.06%. Obviously, such an over-bloated civil service is an unnecessary financial burden in Malaysia!

Some argue that such a bloated civil service exists to provide jobs for local graduates who have difficulty in finding jobs but at what cost?

Is it justified to use and to deplete public funds to pay for poor quality workforce?

Consider the opportunity costs of such a decision. What social and public goods could have been provided for the betterment of the nation?

Will over-staffing increase efficiency and productivity in any way?

Issues such as poor accountability in public expenditure, corruption and inefficiency could actually influence some to avoid tax simply because one may not get value for tax paid!. Ever so often, we come across reports on how BILLIONS (note: no longer millions) of ringgit are being squandered or the high expenditure of scandals when some of the richest states in Malaysia are also the poorest state?

Many would think, where on earth did all our taxes go to? Is it any wonder that taxpayers feel outraged and question why the necessity of paying tax if and when such payment is going to waste and not to fund social services such as roads, schools, hospitals and security?

niceguy says:

If one can conclude that the salaries of civil servants are solely derived from personal tax revenue and no other sources of revenue, one could also conclude that, as there are 1.7 million taxpayers and 1.3 million civil servants, that the civil servants are paying their own salaries!

Leo says:

Giving huge bonus, huge salary increase without justification on performance and productivity related, money handouts etc. Will this be a every-year-event? and Every PM then on must-do this the same? Seems like he does not even have the management windom that has a match for private sector, let alone to be PM for running a country.

The recurring cost to the government is huge, and, being inefficient, adds an extra burden! PM Najib has pawned Malaysia’s FUTURE with civil service pay hikes etc.