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Budget 2018: Cuepacs to meet finance ministry officials on Friday

 | July 17, 2017

It hopes people will get higher personal income tax deduction, and tax relief for schooling children and aged parents.

azihmuda-cuepacsKUCHING: The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacas) will meet with the finance ministry on Friday to discuss the 2018 Budget, said its president Azih Muda.

He said the meeting was at the request of Cuepacs which wanted to know the government’s plans and reviews for members of the civil service in various aspects, especially in easing their burden.

In addition, he said Cuepacs also intended to give suggestions and views on any facilities that could be provided or given back to civil servants and the people in general.

“In line with the government’s success in collecting the goods and services tax (GST), Cuepecs feels it is appropriate various taxes imposed on the people, especially on civil servants, can be given higher deductions such as personal income tax deduction, tax deduction for children who are schooling, care of parents and so on.

“We are discussing … also most likely on bonus or various forms of rebate for civil servants.

“In every budget, we always take into account what will give benefits, including providing incentives to increase productivity,” he said at a media conference after officiating the Public Sector Occupational Safety and Health workshop organised by Sarawak Department of Occupational Safety and Health here today.

He said at present many civil servants were facing stress due to increasing work burden, particularly after the government decided not to recruit any more new staff, except in the case of a vacancy due to retirement.

Meanwhile, referring to the education ministry’s decision to abolish the allowance for the Bachelor of Teaching degree programme for the June intake next year, Azih said it was inappropriate and Cuepacs disagreed with that measure.

He said it was unreasonable that an allowance, that had been agreed upon, was halted midway, and that it gave the impression the country could be currently facing financial difficulties.

Two days ago, the education ministry decided not to provide any more allowances starting with the June 2018 intake for new students who pursue their studies at teachers’ education institutes during their four-year degree course.



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