The Sunday Daily
PETALING JAYA: The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Service (Cuepacs) urges the government to abolish the minimum and maximum salary scale and replace it with a service scheme, which is viewed to be better, flexible and has a reasonable annual growth in accordance to modern times.
Berita Harian reported today that Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda said the move is needed as the existing system, which follows the the Malaysia Remuneration System (SSM) is no longer relevant as it has a lot of weaknesses especially in terms of annual salary increases.
Azih stressed that there are many civil servants, especially in the support group, who would receive an increment of only up to RM50 yearly, even if they have served more than 10 years with any departments or agencies.
Azih added the majority of 1.5 million civil servants, especially about 400,000 from the support group, still live under the poverty line as they receive a minimum salary of RM805 monthly.
"Cuepacs hopes that the government could increase the annual minimum salary increase and the minimum basic salary for civil servants to RM1,200 per month or 35% of salary levels to minimise their financial burden," he added.
"This is a must as there are a lot of civil servants, especially from the support group, who are now pressured as they need to face the increasing cost of living and the increase of goods when the Goods and Service