Malaysia

CUEPACS calls for review of allowances, incentives for civil servants

November 14, 2012

KOTA KINABALU, Nov 14 – CUEPACS wants all kinds of allowances and incentives for civil servants, including housing allowance and regional incentive payments for Sabah and Sarawak to be reviewed.

Its president, Datuk Omar Osman said this was necessary in view of rising house prices and cost of living.

“There shouldn’t be differences in allowances between states due to high house prices and cost of living.

“That’s why CUEPACS feels that all kinds of allowances, incentives and housing allowance should be reviewed together with a study conducted by the Special Review Commission on Civil Service Transformation,” he told a news conference here today.

He was commenting on a call for housing allowance for civil servants from Sabah and Sarawak posted to the peninsula or otherwise to be standardised.

Omar said he had brought up the matter with the Public Service Department.

For example, he said civil servants posted to the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak received the same amount of housing allowance at RM800 although the cost of living and house rental were different.

He said moreover, junior civil servants with low salaries would have difficulty in getting a house to rent due to exorbitant rental especially in the city.

This could affect their productivity and family obligation, he added. – Bernama