Debt fund: Cuepacs moots RM10 paycut for civil servants

Cuepacs is targeting RM10 million in donations for Tabung Harapan Malaysia, given the 1.6 million civil servants in the country. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Congress of Unions of Employees in Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has proposed that civil servants contribute at least RM10 to Tabung Harapan Malaysia (THM) on a voluntary basis.

Its president Azih Muda said the proposal was agreed on in Cuepacs’ first congress meeting for the year, held on June 26.

In a press conference here yesterday, he said contributions could be made via a deduction of the August salary, or through direct donations to department heads.

Azih said he would bring the matter to the attention of the chief secretary to the government so that it could be extended to all government agencies, whether at federal or state levels.

He added that Cuepacs was targeting RM10 million in donations for THM, given that there were currently 1.6 million civil servants in the country.

“We do not impose any pressure on them as this contribution is on a voluntary basis and out of sincerity,” he said.

THM was announced by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad on May 30, to allow Malaysians to contribute towards reducing the country’s RM1 trillion debt.

As of 3pm yesterday, the fund had managed to raise RM132,255,355.92. Donations can be channelled to Maybank account 5660-1062-6452.