SEREMBAN: Doctors and dentists pursuing full time post-graduate programmes or specialist courses at local universities will be paid a RM750 critical service incentive from this month.
Previously, only those doing these courses on a part-time basis were paid the incentive while those doing so full time were given half the amount, Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam said.
“We decided to standardise the incentive to RM750 because doctors and dentists in both open and closed systems carry out the same duties and responsibilities,” he said.
When contacted, a PSD official said those pursuing these courses full time came under the closed system while those who did so part-time were under the open system.
Doctors and dentists pursuing post-graduate or specialists courses at Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti Malay-sia Sabah and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia will benefit from this.
Ismail said medical lecturers at public universities and hospitals would also gain from the new directive.