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• Eight categories of civil servants eligible for salary
• Pension set to increase too, says Abdullah
• Leaders of Teachers Unions thank govt for pay hike
PUTRAJAYA, May 21 (Bernama) –– Police and military personnel will get a pay rise of between nine and 42 per cent following the government's decision to increase the salary of civil servants, effective July 1, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today.
The prime minister said that those in the Premier Grade would get a nine per cent increase, 18 per cent for those in the Management and Professional Group (Grades 41 to 54), 30 per cent for Support Group I (Grades 17 to 40) and 42 per cent for Support Group II (Grades 1 to 16).
He said this in a statement here.
When announcing the salary increase for civil servants at the Workers Day gathering for the public sector at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre earlier today, Abdullah said that police and military personnel would get an additional 20 per cent on top of the increase.
For the rest of the civil servants, the increase is 7.5 per cent for Premier Grade officers, 15 per cent for those in the Management and Professional Group, 25 per cent for Support Group I and 35 per cent for Support Group II.
Abdullah said the government agreed to extend the additional pay increase to the military although it had only been requested by the police force.
On average, he said, the salaries of police personnel were five to 15 per cent higher than those of other civil servants.
He also said that the salaries of military personnel were three to 11 per cent higher than those in the police force.
There are 1,002,040 civil servants in the country, including military and police personnel.
Eight categories of civil servants eligible for salary
PUTRAJAYA, May 21 (Bernama) –– Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said eight categories of civil servants will be eligible for the 7.5 per cent to 35 per cent salary increase from July 1 that was announced by the government today.
The Prime Minister said those eligible are civil servants under the Malaysian Remuneration Scheme (SSM) like permanent staff, contract staff, temporary staff, part–time staff and short–service staff.
It also covers officers on full–pay, half–pay and no–pay study leave; and those on secondment or temporary transfers, he said in a statement here.
The statement was issued after Abdullah announced at the Workers Day gathering for the public sector here that civil servants' basic salary will be increased by 7.5 per cent for those in the Premier Grade (JUSA), 15 per cent for the Management and Professional Group (Grades 41 to 54), 25 per cent for the Support Group I (Grades 17 to 40) while the Support Group II (Grades 1 to 16) will get a 35 per cent increase.
The Prime Minister said the JUSA group had 1,603 people, the Management and Professional group (246,202), Support Group I (434,899) and Support Group II (319,336)
On employees in local authorities and state civil servants, he said it (pay hike) would depend on service circulars issued by the state governments and local authorities concerned.
Pension set to increase too, says Abdullah
PUTRAJAYA, May 21 (Bernama) –– Government retirees are set to enjoy an increase in their pension following the pay hike for civil servants announced today, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.
In a statement here, the prime minister said that pension had to be adjusted in the event of any salary revision in accordance with the Pensions Adjustment Act 1980.
However, the statement did not specify the quantum of the increase.
There are currently 557,033 government pensioners in the country.
Abdullah today announced a pay increase of between 7.5 per cent and 35 per cent for more than a million civil servants, effective July.
Leaders of Teachers Unions thank govt for pay hike
From Zukiman Zain
BEIJING, May 21 (Bernama) –– Although far from home, leaders of teachers unions accompanying Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein on a visit to China thanked the government for the pay hike for civil servants announced today.
National Union Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Anuar Ibrahim said it was the best gift for teachers, who just celebrated Teachers Day on May 16.
"We received the good news that rural teachers will get additional allowances and the setting up of the Tun Hussein Onn Foundation to assist teachers then (Teachers Day) and now this. We thank the government and pledge to continue working hard to serve the nation," he told Bernama.
Annuar is among five leaders of teachers unions accompanying Hishammuddin on the visit aimed at stepping up education ties between China and Malaysia.
While the members of the delegation were about to have lunch, the Sarawak Teachers Union president William Ghani Bina received the good news through the short–messaging–system (SMS) and immediately conveyed the information to the others.
"This is a shot–in–the–arm for civil servants, I wish to express my thanks to the government," said Ghani, who is also vice president of Cuepacs.
Hishammuddin, who was happy with the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on the pay hike, described it as an appreciation of civil servants efforts and that it would spur them to perform even better.
"Teachers, educationists and other ministry staff are the backbone of education in the country. Their efforts are important for the country's development," he told Malaysian reporters accompany the delegation.
He added that a new impetus was needed among teachers and other civil servants as the playing field had changed with rising economies all around, which required Malaysia to be able to compete with the rest in this era globalisation and a borderless world.