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IN APPRECIATION : They will get at least RM500 each on Aug 9, says Najib
KUALA LUMPUR: CIVIL servants will be paid a halfmonth bonus with a minimum payment of RM500 on Aug 9 in a Hari Raya gesture announced by the government yesterday.
Sharing the joy of the 1.27 million civil servants are 657,000 pensioners who will receive a RM500 special payment. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made the announcement yesterday. Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk
Seri Dr Ali Hamsa thanked the government for its contribution.
Speaking before a buka puasa function with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin here, Ali said the payment was timely. “I hope civil servants will spend it wisely.” Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) president Datuk Omar Osman said this demonstrated the government’s appreciation of civil servants and pensioners.
“This contribution is meaningful for lowincomeearnersamongcivilservants, especially in helping them to prepare for Hari Raya.” Malaysian Government Pensioners Association president Datuk Paduka Raja Wan Mahmood Pawan Teh
said the payment proved that the governmentappreciatedtheservices and sacrifices of pensioners for the country’s development.
He said this showed that Najib was a noble leader who was concerned about the welfare of civil servants and pensioners. Later,at a buka puasa with some 3,500 residents of Taman Nirwana, Ampang, Najib said Barisan Nasional
was capable of developing policies that made the economy sustainable and resilient. At the same time, BN could also find new sources of revenue, he said.
Najib added that this had enabled the government to implement programmes, such as Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M), to help the people, including 23,000 families in Ampang who had received the RM500 aid.
“If we just continue to give, how long can it last? The answer is: not long. If we continue to spend without adding to our income, even the highest hill can be scraped flat.
“There is no point in aiming to be a popular government if it cannot develop the economy and is clueless about how to obtain wealth and attract investments.”
He said the government had done a lot through the Islamic concept of islah, or transformation. He took a swipe at the Pakatan Rakyat-led Selangor government over the state’s water problems. He added that a Federal Government that was able to generate new ideas and wealth would have no difficulty addressing the water situation.
Najib presented a contribution of RM2 million for the construction of Masjid Al-Mustaqim, a RM1.45 million contribution for mosques and surau in Selangor, and contributions of RM100 each to 100 single mothers and the disabled.
Present were Najib’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Selangor BN coordinator Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Mohamed and Ampang parliamentary coordinator Datuk Ismail Kijo.
Later, Najib performed terawih prayers at Surau Taman Sri Angsana Hilir in Kampung Pandan,wherehepresentedcontributionsfrom Kelab Putera 1Malaysia to the heads of mosques in Selangor.