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06 April 2010

EARLY RETIREES CAN GET HIGHER GRADUITY ON VALID REASONS

The Star
By MAZWIN NIK ANIS
mazwin@thestar.com.my



PUTRAJAYA: The Government will pay higher gratuity than the minimum RM10,000 promised to civil servants who opt for early retirement – provided they have “valid and reasonable” reasons to request the higher payout.
The Government has also agreed to review its policy of non-payment of gratuity for sacked civil servants.
These were the two decisions reached at the annual discussion between Cuepacs and the Public Services Department yesterday.
Cuepacs president Omar Osman said the latest development was a milestone in the relations between both parties, adding that the Government had been responsive and sensitive towards the plight of civil servants.
“I am pleased with the outcome of our discussion and the decisions on these two issues show that the Government is caring and listens to the people,” he told The Star yesterday.
Omar said civil servants who retired early and needed more than the agreed gratuity payout could write to the department stating their case, adding that consideration would be given based on the merits of each request.
On Feb 1, the department issued a circular stating that civil servants who retired early would be paid only 20% of their gratuity or RM10,000, whichever was higher.
“We were also informed that this ruling is not permanent and will be reviewed once the country’s economy has improved.
“This has happened before during the financial crisis in 1997 and 1998,” he said.
Omar also said the Government had agreed to review its policy of non-payment of gratuity for sacked civil servants but maintained those who were “shown the door” due to power abuse and corruption would not be paid.

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