KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — The Congress of Union of Employees in the Civil and Public Services (Cuepacs) urged the government to provide civil servants with special salary increases this year, despite this being a pledge of the defeated Barisan Nasional.
According to a Berita Harian report, Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda said that the salary of many civil servants are still not in line with the rise in living costs.
“Cuepacs hopes that this increment will be implemented by the new government because civil servants are looking forward to it as their salaries can’t cope with the rise in costs,” he reportedly said.
“This is because the salary scheme that is being used has not been revised since 2002, which was 16 years ago,” he added.
The new Pakatan Harapan federal government, which scored an upset victory in the 14th general election, has embarked on an austerity drive by slashing the salaries of its Cabinet members, while encouraging top civil servants to do the same voluntarily.
The measures are part of an effort by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to strengthen the country’s economy after revealing that the country’s debt has reached RM1 trillion, or 65 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Dr Mahathir has alleged that the real numbers regarding Malaysia’s debt and economic growth were not disclosed by the previous BN administration.