KUCHING, Dec 4 — Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg today announced that the state government will give RM500 as an incentive to each federal civil servant serving in the state.
He made the announcement at the end of the Sarawak Civil Service Day here.
However, he said the payment will be made before June next year as the decision had just been finalised during a discussion with some of the state ministers attending the event.
He said there are about 95,000 federal civil servants in Sarawak, who are mostly teachers and medical personnel serving in the rural areas.
“The RM500 incentive from the state government is in addition to the RM500 being given by the federal government,” the chief minister said.
Earlier in his speech, he said he will find ways to provide incentives to the federal civil servants serving in Sarawak.
He said this is one way to show the state’s appreciation to them for their service and contribution to the people.
“We want Sarawak to remain peaceful,” he said during his address at the Sarawak Civil Service Day.
He also said he had asked the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Service Sarawak (Cuepacs) to look for sites to build affordable houses for federal civil servants in the state.
He said Cuepacs has requested the state government for land for affordable housing for the federal officers.
“We want to help them as well,” he added, stating that the federal civil servants have contributed to the development of the state.
The chief minister said the two months’ bonus or the minimum RM2,000 to be paid to the state civil servants is to recognise their contribution and service to the state.
He said they have worked hard to ensure that the development programmes and projects are successfully implemented according to schedule.
“Because of that, my Cabinet colleagues and I have agreed to pay the two months’ bonus of the basic salary or the minimum RM2,000 to our state civil servants in the state Budget 2020,” he said.
He said the payment will be made before Christmas.