Govt awaiting responses on critical allowance for civil servants

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong recently expressed his concern about firemen’s allowances.

KEPALA BATAS: The government must conduct a comprehensive study into the critical allowance for civil servants which is still unresolved, the Chief Secretary to the Government, Ismail Bakar, said today.

He said the government had still not received any feedback from any party on whether a proposal paper on the matter had been submitted to the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.

“The government is still looking at the latest developments and will study the allowances given to all civil servants whether they are firemen, health personnel, teachers, police, armed forces and others,” he told reporters at a press conference held after his visit to the Kepala Batas Community College here today.

He added that the proposal must be sent to Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

“I have not heard anything official about the proposal paper being submitted, but as far as I know, it must first be referred to Zuraida,” he said.

On July 20, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Al-Mustafa Billah Shah expressed his concern for the welfare of firemen including the critical allowance of RM200 a month.

According to Zuraida, she was still waiting for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s decision on a special allowance incentive which would benefit up to 14,000 firemen throughout the country.

On a separate development, Ismail said flexible working hours to be implemented from Thursday was not new but was implemented 10 years ago. “We want to see how effective it is,” he said.

“We will study every feedback received to see if they accept flexi hours from 9am till 5pm.

The flexible working hours would benefit civil servants by helping them to avoid traffic congestion, and give them time to take their children to school, he said.