Malaysia

Two-week delay for new civil service pay scheme

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 23 — Civil servants can now mull over a contentious new salary scheme for longer, after Cuepacs and the Public Service Deparment negotiated a two-week extension to the acceptance deadline.

“The deadline for the SBPA option has been extended to January 15 while the deadline for the extension of retirement age to 60 years old remains the same on December 30,” Cuepacs chief Datuk Omar Osman was quoted saying in an online news report today.

Cuepacs previously complained that the deadline to return the SBPA acceptance letters was too short and pressure applied by superiors on civil servants to support the option was unfair.

It demanded the government delay the implementation of the new pay scheme, stating that they were “disappointed” that they had not been consulted in the matter.

Omar previously said the government should ensure that every civil servant received accurate information before accepting the options of the new civil service wage scheme.

Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers also accused Putrajaya of “bulldozing” the scheme through, and criticised it for being vague and failing to consult stakeholders adequately.

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