RM10.5 mil in Raya bonus for Sabah civil servants

Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal (third right) presenting Raya goodies to Sabah police chief Omar Mammah in Kota Kinabalu today.

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has agreed to give civil servants in the state a bonus of RM500 each in conjunction with the Hari Raya Puasa celebration.

Chief Minister Shafie Apdal said all ranks of government officers and personnel would receive the payment in the next few days.

“Even in our current poor economic state, the state government has agreed to a RM500 bonus to lighten the burden of our state’s civil servants.

“The RM500 bonus will be paid to all officers, at all levels,” he told reporters after a presentation of Raya goodies to security forces here today.

State secretary Hashim Paijan said Sabah has a total of 21,021 public servants, adding that the bonus would amount to more than RM10.5 million in total.

Meanwhile, Shafie said there is no need yet for an independent audit to check whether crocodile farms in Sabah are involved in the smuggling of the animals.

“What is important is in incidents like that (smuggling), we must intensify enforcement efforts. We need to contain (smuggling activities) at all entry and exit points in the state, including ports and airports,” he said.

The Sabah Wildlife Department and Eastern Sabah Security Command recently busted an attempt by four men to smuggle 220 crocodiles out of the Kampung Pasir Putih swamp forest near Tawau.

They seized a total of 215 live crocodiles and five dead ones that were to be transported in an Indonesian boat.