By WANI MUTHIAH
KLANG: Cuepacs president Omar Osman reiterated yesterday that the country would need an additional 200,000 civil servants by 2020.
He said this was because the current number of 1.3 million government employees might be insufficient to meet the demands of a developed Malaysia.
“When the country attains developed status in 2020, new government agencies and ministries may be opened and there would be a need for additional manpower,” said Omar.
He was responding to the Government’s decision to shoot down Cuepacs’ earlier proposal that more civil servants be recruited.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn had said last Sunday that Cuepacs should concentrate on improving the delivery system with the current force rather than requesting more people to be recruited into the civil service.
Omar, who spoke to reporters after presiding over a special meeting with Selangor Cuepacs members held here, said Dr Fong might have misunderstood the union’s recommendation.
“I think the minister must have thought that we want all 200,000 people to be employed immediately,” he added.
“This is not the case as our recommendation is for them to be gradually recruited until 2020.”
The meeting was part of a roadshow organised by Cuepacs to explain the demand for a salary raise of between 10% and 40% as well as the union’s rejection of the proposed retirement fund to eventually replace the present pension scheme for civil servants.
According to Omar, it was also necessary to recruit more civil servants given the increase in the number of people retiring every year.
On Dr Fong’s call to the civil service to improve its delivery system, Omar said Malaysia’s civil servants were efficient and in top form.
“We have reached excellence with the training and courses provided,” he added.
On another matter, Omar said Cuepacs had also written to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to say it wanted to present him with a memorandum on the demand for a salary rise.
19 December 2006
By WANI MUTHIAH
16 December 2006
In fact, he said, the government needs to urgently conduct a salary review for the civil service because "the salary differential within the Malaysian civil service is amongst the worst in the world".
Posted by Civil Servant at 9:54 PM
15 December 2006
Dipetik daripada akhbar, Februari 2005
Oleh Mohd Feroz Abu Bakar
Posted by Civil Servant at 10:14 PM
14 December 2006
13 December 2006
Berita Harian, 12 Dis 2006
12 December 2006
The STAR, 12 December 2006
A few of my friends have complimented the fact that getting a passport and applying for a MyKad has been hassle-free and the horror stories which they have heard of being made to wait for long hours before being served, shoddy work and bad attitude of the civil servants has been unfounded.
1) It will be a form of acknowledgement from the Government of the civil servants' years of hard work and tireless contribution to the country, not to mention that it will give their morale a great boost, spur them to put in more efforts in their work and strive for excellence.
2) The 40% increase in salary will be a great corruption and bribery deterrent – there's less reason for them to accept bribes.
3) It will encourage more people to get into the civil service now that the civil servants are getting the recognition and acknowledgment that they deserve.
4) The salary increase is definitely good for the country in the long run as it will contribute to the country's economic growth.
Posted by Civil Servant at 11:29 AM
The STAR, 20 November 2006
Then you have state assemblymen who served as MPs at one time or were in the government as exco members, ministers or deputy ministers. They too are entitled to the pensions for all the positions they had held. Even those who have migrated overseas continue to receive their pensions. And like several other countries including Britain from which our pension system was formulated, Malaysia too is hard-pressed to review the automatic pension benefits paid out to retiring civil servants. For the record, we have more than 510,000 pensioners today, with the number growing fast.
The government spends some RM4bil on them annually. You don’t have to be an economist to work out that this is a huge chunk and if left to grow, we will have our own pension crisis in a decade or two.
Among the major considerations when the system was implemented was the life expectancy, mostly of men who dominated the civil service in the early days of the country.
It was about 58 to 65 years for men, which meant the Government then needed to pay the pension for less than 10 years after a civil servant retires. This also includes the derivative pension for the living spouse.
However, with rapid advances in medicine and healthcare, everyone lives longer these days. The 9th Malaysia Plan has stated that an average Malaysian man lives until 72 these days and the average woman, 77.
Over 55% of government servants today are women. Based on this, the state has to pay pensions to retired civil servants or their spouses for about 20 years.
While we now expect to live 20 years more than our grandparents did, the number of working years remains almost the same. To some, this equation does not seem to make sense as this is sustaining the pensioners at the taxpayers’ expense.
In view of this, the Government may not be wrong in wanting to review the current pension system and introduce a retirement fund. After all, it has been made very clear that any change will not affect the existing 900,000 civil servants but only the new ones.
The Retirement Fund Bill was tabled for first reading in Parliament last week. Under the proposal, an employee contributes 11% of his basic salary to the fund while the government foots 12%. And when the employee retires, he is allowed to withdraw between 20% and 30% of his savings while the remainder is paid out to him monthly for a fixed period.
Cuepacs has rejected the proposal, saying such a scheme may lead to problems as EPF studies have shown that Malaysians tend to finish their savings within three years of retirement.
While the congress’ stand has its merits, it must look at the larger picture that involves the long-term plans of the nation. Perhaps civil servants are feeling too comfortable, as the government has been very kind to them, making them too dependent. The government has to seriously consider several pertinent aspects of the civil service if it is to convince Cuepacs that the fund will be a viable system.
Cuepac’s main concern is medical benefits. They have every reason to worry as plans are afoot to privatise healthcare. Civil servants and pensioners want continued easy and free access to specialist healthcare. The question of annual dividends is another point many have raised. Although EPF guarantees a minimum of 2.5% dividends annually under the law, it has been giving out more than 5% over the last decade. What does the Retirement Fund guarantee?
For civil servants, another major lure currently is the low interest rate of 4% for housing and car loans. The congress should perhaps have an open mind to further discuss the issue as it will help reduce the government’s burden. One thing is clear here - the plan is a major one and needs a thorough and comprehensive study before the current scheme is replaced for the new civil servants as it will affect our children and grandchildren.
Let’s bear in mind that the civil service affects all of us directly or indirectly.
Posted by Civil Servant at 11:08 AM
Berita Harian 12 Disember 2006
KUALA LUMPUR: Kerajaan akan menimbang secara serius permohonan kenaikan gaji kakitangan yang dibuat Kongres Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Dalam Perkhidmatan Awam (Cuepacs), kata Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Cuepacs semalam dilaporkan meminta supaya kerajaan mengkaji semula dan menaikkan kadar gaji bagi kira-kira sejuta kakitangan awam di negara ini pada kadar antara 10 hingga 40 peratus.Presiden Cuepacs, Omar Osman, berkata satu pasukan petugas dibentuk oleh kongres itu sedang mengkaji cadangan semakan gaji bagi memohon kenaikan berkenaan yang akan diserahkan kepada Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, akhir bulan ini.Katanya, semakan dan kenaikan kadar gaji kakitangan itu perlu kerana kali terakhir ia dibuat pada pada 1992 dan mereka kini menghadapi masalah berikutan kenaikan kos sara hidup.
Tuntutan demi tuntutan diberikan kepada pihak kerajaan bagi kenaikan gaji. Tentunya kakitangan awam amat mengharapkan kenaikan tersebut bagi membantu di dalam kehidupan seharian.
Walaubagaimanapun, kakitangan awam juga perlu memberikan perkhidmatan yang kompetitif dan produktif kepada masyarakat agar selari dengan kenaikan yang dipohon.