CIVIL servants are smiling and have something to look forward to with the announcement of a pay rise. The percentage being considered for the lower-income group is good.
A pensioner would also be happy if the government considered a certain quantum of increase in pensions. One cannot live on the same pension for the past 10 years.
A bonus of RM200 had been given in previous years but that alone is insufficient to cope with the rising cost of living.
In some countries, pensions are increased by a certain percentage every year in keeping with the rising cost of living. Even if it is an increase of five per cent, it would be a blessing.
Lest we forget, there are thousands of widows with school-going children who get RM300 or less as pensions. Therefore, Cuepacs and the government should not only look into the plight of serving civil servants but also those who have served the country.
By V. UMA Kuala Lumpur
21 May 2007