IPOH: The unrecorded leave, up to seven days, for civil servants to look after their bedridden or terminally-ill parents, outlined in the Perak Barisan Nasional (BN) manifesto, is regarded as a “bonus” for the group.
The good news was welcomed by an administrative assistant, Mohd Fauzi Radzali, 33, who usually had to apply for annual leave to go back to his hometown and look after his ailing mother.
“We as civil servants are looking forward to this. It is so meaningful.
“If I take annual leave often, it will be unfair for others, who also want to go on holidays,” he said here today.
Assistant administrative officer Intan Suri Suria Noor Mohd Johari, 38, said the pledge was a tribute and welfare initiative for civil servants.
“Taking care of old and ailing parents is a good deed. In fact, Islam also teaches us to be kind to our parents.
“When BN included the unpaid leave in the manifesto, it would have made many parents and children happy and thankful for having a caring government,” she said.
For Izzah Azri Hamidon, 27, the unpaid leave was clear proof that the government was concerned about the people’s needs.