Cuepacs wants Anwar to maintain all initiatives announced by previous govt

Cuepacs wants Anwar to maintain all initiatives announced by previous govt
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KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 26): The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has called for the new Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to maintain all initiatives for civil servants that had been announced by the previous government.

Its president Datuk Adnan Mat said the initiatives announced by former PM Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Aug 30 and the tabling of Budget 2023 on Nov 7 were what the Government as an employer promised civil servants.

"It is not appropriate for it to be withdrawn just because of a change of Government. It must be implemented according to the previously announced date.

"Cuepacs does not want the same thing to happen after 2018, when the initiatives promised by the Government were not fulfilled when there was a change of Government after the 14th general election (GE14)," he said in a statement on Saturday (Nov 26).

The initiatives announced for civil servants by the previous government included a special RM100 addition to the annual salary increment from next January, RM700 special financial assistance for 2023 in January, RM350 financial assistance for retirees, and RM600 special Aidilfitri assistance for March next year. 

On the disappointment of civil servants in 2018, Adnan said that it should not have happened because as an employer, the Government should not have withdrawn its initiatives after all the sacrifices civil servants made in carrying out their responsibilities as the country's administrative machinery.

In 2018 before the GE14, the Barisan Nasional government announced a salary increase equivalent to a year’s annual salary increase for all civil servants, while the second time-based promotion was reduced to 10 years, plus the addition of Grade DG 56 for teachers, but they were not implemented following the change of the Federal Government.

Cuepacs expressed confidence that all Members of Parliament would support the PM during the tabling of the mini budget on Dec 19.

Anwar took the oath of office as Malaysia’s 10th PM in front of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Thursday after the GE15 resulted in a hung Parliament.