Cuepacs wants current pension scheme maintained

The government says the current pension scheme is not financially sustainable.

KOTA BHARU: Civil servants union Cuepacs has urged the government to maintain the civil service pension scheme.

“We hope the government will maintain this pension scheme as it is the absolute right of government employees as enshrined in the Federal Constitution. There shouldn’t be any issue to it,” Cuepacs deputy president Zainal Ismail told reporters today.

Zainal said the pension scheme could be regarded as a form of appreciation from the government for the contribution of its workforce.

“The scheme can help retired civil servants with their medical expenses, pay for school expenses of their children who may still be studying and settle whatever debts they might still have.

“The pension is not for a life of luxury but rather for a comfortable family life after retirement,” he said.

The government is looking into ways to ensure that civil servants would not suffer should the pension scheme be stopped.

With the increasing number of civil servants and higher salaries, the government is worried that it would not be able to cope with the burden of paying pensions.