About salary increment for 1.02 million civil servants

Do you think the quantum of salary and allowance increase for the 1.02 million civil servants reasonable, too low or too high?

Before answering my question, please take note of what an expert on human resource has told me this afternoon. He told me that the lowest ranking government servants are getting less than RM500 a month. So, the increment of 35% for this group is around RM175 per month. Plus the 100% increase on COLA, that’s another RM150. This pay rise(about RM 325) will be ‘nullified’ by the prices increase of flour, milk powder, water, electricity, transport cost, toll and petrol hikes in no time.

Should our brothers and sisters in the civil service  vote for the BN coalition in the coming general elections because of this increment? A friend of mine (who’s a civil servant) told me that  he wil still vote for the Opposition because the increment was long overdue, and the money does not come from the BN leaders personal pockets but from the taxpayers. He also said that the increment at this point of time is tantamount to blatantly buying votes and such move was an insult to the intelligence and integrity of  the civil servants.  After all, the quantum of increment is no big deal if you factor in inflation. He also remarked that this is not the first time Najib made a ‘stupid’ comment ( Najib openly said that the increment was not an election goodies). He reminded me that it was Najib who made the silly ‘change our lifestyle’ remark at the time of fuel hikes,  and ‘drink less teh tarik‘ at the time of shortage of sugar.

Up to 35% pay hike for civil servants
May 21, 07 2:22pm Malaysiakini 
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today announced a hefty pay rise for civil servants which observers view as a strong indicator of a general election being around the corner.Effective July 1, Abdullah said government servants will get a pay raise of between 7.5% and 35%.The cost of living allowance, or Cola, will also be increased by 100%.

Meanwhile, members of the police and the armed forces will receive 20% over and above the announced increase in pay.

Abdullah’s announcement at a Workers Day gathering in Putrajaya drew a huge round of applause from those present.

He was later given a standing ovation and the crowd chanted ‘Hidup Pak Lah‘ (Long Live Pak Lah).

On the whole, the premier said the pay rise will amount to RM3.4 billion for this year or an additional expenditure of RM6.8 billion a year.

Whereas the increase in Cola will involve an additional expenditure of RM600 million for this year and RM6.8 billion annually.

Careful decision

Abdullah said the main factor behind the government’s decision for the pay hike was the strong GDP growth over the past five years at a rate of 5.6 percent a year.

The second factor, he added, was the need to attract and retain qualified and motivated personnel in the public sector.

The third factor is the increase in the cost of living due to global oil prices which is impacting the lower income group, he said, adding that the fourth factor is the capabilities of the government’s finances.

“In deciding on the pay rise, the government is careful on its impact on the country’s financial situation. Any pay increase will also involve pension and other allowances.

“In view of this, the quantum of increase was decided carefully. The government has successfully reduced the its expenditure deficit from 5.3% in 2003 to 3.5% last year and this good fiscal management will continue,” he said.

Not election goodies

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak at the same function told reporters the hikes were not calculated to raise spirits ahead of an expected early general election.

Malaysia must hold a general election by early 2009, but a poll is expected by the end of this year or in early 2008.

“It does contribute a feel-good factor. Civil servants will welcome any form of increment,” independent political analyst Khoo Kay Peng told AFP.

“But at the end of the day, there will still be some people who can barely make ends meet given their low salary base,” he added.

Mohammad Agus Yusoff, head of political science at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, said the salary hike was long overdue but added changes would not be enough of a sweetener ahead of an election.

“The cost of living has gone up. It’s a logical thing for the government to do … but they cannot rely on these sorts of goodies that they give.

5 Responses to “About salary increment for 1.02 million civil servants”

  1. vt Says:

    How much pay rise is AAB, Najib, Samy, Ka Ting and Su koon getting?

  2. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    调薪本就无关大选
    杨白杨
    07年5月22日 早上11:54

    杨白杨,原名杨文波,另有笔名欧阳恩、李安、马明、胡先及陈默等,马来亚大学中文系及教育系毕业,擅长散文、杂文及时评。

    他在我国报章撰写过多个专栏,其文字多变,或正经严肃、讲情说理,或嬉笑怒骂、反讽侧击,或直抒胸怀、真情流露,极受读者欢迎。

    已结集出版者有《坦然集》、《华团漫步》、《神伤中国》、《黑白之间》、《无关政治》及《百字书》。

    杨白杨简介及他所写过的专栏

    杨白杨电邮: yangbaiyang@gmail.com
    做政府很不容易,要面对众多的老板。政府每隔四五年就要被人民老板REVIEW一次,如果表现不好,老板会换别人来做。理论上是如此,虽然实际上可以不必如此。为什么说实际上可以不必如此呢?因为在一些国家,人民不是政府的老板,政府才是人民的老板。在政府才是老板的国度里,人民还是可以自称老板,自称自爽。

    在马来西亚,政府至少是公务员的老板。公务员在我国有一百零多万人,假如平均每人有五至六位直属亲戚,公务员人口就有五六百万人。在一个只有两千六百万人口的国家里,公务员人口占了大约二十巴仙,由政府维持掌控他们的生计,他们会认谁为老板呢?由首相阿都拉领导的政府,还是那些号称手中有一票的选民?

    老板首相阿都拉宣布公务员起薪了。这是独立五十年以来最大幅度的起薪,是政府老板送给公务员的五十周年国庆大礼物。起薪有很好的四大理由,就是国内生产总值连续五年取得平均5.6巴仙的成长,政府要吸引及留住人才,生活成本上涨,还有政府财务能力加强了。换句话说,员工的生活难过了,而老板有钱了,给雇员加薪是应该的。

    接下来的日子,政府领袖们就要苦口婆心的向人民解释,加薪无关大选,给公务员加薪,不是为了收买公务员及其家属手中的选票。这年头,做政府真难。纯良的动机时常被反对党人歪曲。尤其大选将至,政府拨什么款给人民,反对党都说是要收买人民的选票。

    马接补选竞选期间,国阵政府拨了六百万元给马接人民;依约补选,国阵政府再接再厉,一口气拨个三千六百万令吉,比马接那一单多了六倍,结果多数票不减还增。反对党人说,国阵只要勇敢拨款,就会战无不胜。

    这些日子,国州议员们平安无事,补选没得举行,但大选就在眼前。从现在开始,国阵政府干什么好事,尤其是拨款,反对党人都会说是为了大选,为了收买国人的选票。这次政府宣布公务员大幅度调薪,公务员欣喜若狂,反对党不能共乐乐,只能喊道:大选来了,大选来了!国阵收买公务员的选票!

    首相宣布公务员加薪,本来就跟大选无关。如上所述,公务员加上亲属,只占人口的二十巴仙,那八十巴仙眼巴巴看着另外二十巴仙加薪的选民会怎样想?他们会不会妒忌起来?据说当今社会,妒忌的人很多。看到贪官污吏生活极尽奢华,他们妒忌;看到伐木大王被描绘为环保分子,他们也妒忌;看到财主做垄断生意名利双收,他们更加妒忌。

    八十巴仙的非公务员人口看到二十巴仙的公务员人口大幅度调薪而手舞足蹈,相信心里都会妒忌起来。接着他们看到高官警告商家不要趁公务员调薪就起价,会不会联想到公务员的加薪可能使非公务员承担更高的生活费用?这样就更令他们妒忌了。

    反对党同志们,如果你们从这个角度去想,就会同意,国阵政府宣布公务员加薪,本来就不是为了大选,因为当今社会,妒忌的人太多,八十巴仙的非公务员如果妒忌起二十巴仙的公务员,后果如何,恐怕要等选票开出来之后才会知道。

  3. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    fact sheet
    Total : 1,002,040 civil servants (police force 99,000, armed forces 150,000)
    Retired civil servants : 557,033
    COLA incresed by 100%:
    Zone A (Urban): from RM150 to RM300
    Zone B (Semi-urban): from RM100 to RM200
    Zone C (Rural): from RM50 to RM100
    budget: about RM1.2 billion per year
    pay rise from 1 July 2007 for all civil servants
    grades 1 to 16 : 319,336
    grades 17 to 40: 434,899
    management and professional (grades 41 to 54) : 246,202
    Top management: 1,603
    police and armed forces: increased by 9% to 42%
    other civil servants: increased by 7.5% to 35%

  4. ronnieliutiankhiew Says:

    家庭月入低于3249元应得五千
    冠英建议公务员最低基薪七百

    ■日期/May 22, 2007 ■时间/07:29:40 pm
    ■新闻/家国风云 ■作者/merdekareview记者

    【本刊记者撰述】民主行动党秘书长林冠英今天建议政府将公务员的最低基薪订在马币700元以上,因为公务员基薪在贫穷线下令人感到丢脸,并使人质疑政府要消除贫穷的诚意;此外,他也建议分配五千元给国内平均月入低于马币3249元的家庭,才能弥补国阵政府没均分财富及降低因油价、电费、水费或过路费所引发的通膨负担。

    首相阿都拉巴达威昨天宣布,从今年7月1日起,公务员及军警获得加薪7.5%至35%,生活津贴提高100%,即根据服务地区提高马币100元至300元。林冠英认为,公务员大幅度加薪显示大选将会提早举行,也证明阿都拉不想冒险,决心铲除赢得大选的所有障碍。

    林冠英今天发表文告说,虽然公务员加薪是受欢迎的措施,但对低薪公务员及55万7033名退休人士而言尚嫌不足,因为他们的收入仍在贫穷线下。最低薪者是支援组2的31万9336人,他们最低学历是初级教育文凭。

    公务员向大耳窿贷款

    他指出:“加薪35%后,最低基薪(N1级组所得)将从马币480元55分增至649元15分;这种基薪仍处于半岛的马币691元、沙巴的马币888元及砂拉越的马币765元月入贫穷线下。将固定津贴纳入在内是不合理的,因为这些是支付医药费及其他紧急事故所需的开支。难怪有许多公务员被迫向大耳窿贷款、兼职或涉及不良活动以维持生计。”

    他说,我国最高薪的公务员,比最低薪的同僚高出19.5倍,是全球最糟糕的;若要拉近薪金差距鸿沟及对公务员较为公平,低薪公务员的基薪必须大幅度提高。

    “尽管公务员已经加薪,但我国大多数家庭的平均每月收入仍在全国平均的3249元(第9马来西亚计划)水平下。民主行动党无法接受这种富者越富,而多数人民却被边缘化的现象。为了确保人民获得经济上的平等对待,政府应分配五千元给国内平均月入低于3249元的家庭,才能弥补国阵没均分财富及降低因油价、电费、水费或过路费所引发的通膨负担。”

    与此同时,林冠英表示,该党也希望政府每年花费额外的马币80亿元为公务员加薪7.5%至35%后,能带来良好施政,提升公务员的工作表现、廉正、效率及服务品质。

    公务员薪金应三年检讨一次

    “长期以来,公众必须忍受一小撮公务员的一拖再拖或差劣服务,甚至贪污。民主行动党支持政府为公务员加薪,因为若他们的基薪在贫穷线下,那廉正与表现是无法获得提升的。其实,等上15年才加薪是太久了,应该缩短至每三年检讨一次。”

    林冠英(右图)认为,若公务员的基薪优渥,他们就不必依靠贪污来养家,而能把精神集中在提升政府交付系统上。“政府交付制度是何等的糟糕,就连刚耗资一亿元装修的国会大厦,发生电线系统问题,而在2005年5月发生漏水事件导致下议院会议中断;在今年的5月9日,国会新闻中心又漏水。”

    林冠英也列举耗费巨资兴建筑物完工后马上出问题的例子层出不穷,包括:

    一、4月11日,布城移民局总部水管爆裂,造成严重损坏及被迫停止运作,直到隔天上午九时才恢复正常运作。

    二、4月28日,布城企业合作社发展部多元用途礼堂的天花板坠落,连水管也跌落地上而爆裂。

    三、在4月30日,耗资二亿七千万元完成、属于全球第二大的大使路新法庭大厦,发生两处天花板坠下,而且墙壁出现裂缝。

    四、登嘉楼苏丹马末机场在5月5日及6日一连两天晚上停止夜间起落,因为跑道的照明灯失灵。

    五、5月7日及9日,大使路新法庭大厦审案过程被迫中断,首次导因是冷气失灵,第二次是因为电流中断。

    “公务员鲜少面对纪律行动,似乎让他们享有豁免权,而使公众面对这些过份事件时却束手无策。政府应较严厉的对付违反条规、造成公款被浪费、对纳税人态度粗鲁与服务欠佳、让公众面对不必要麻烦的公务员。”

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