KUALA LUMPUR: The government has hinted at a salary increase for civil servants next year as one of its emphases to boost the country's economy.
Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil said this is among the good news that awaits public servants and government retirees in 2024.
"The Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) previously mentioned a (wage) review that was conducted before.
"Insha Allah, public servants' salaries will increase in 2024. This is a crucial year as we strive to boost our economy.
"There were decisions that have been made recently, but I will leave it to the Chief Secretary to the Government (Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali) or the PM to make the announcement," he said.
He said this after attending the 'Public Service Delivery System: Making It More Efficient And Effective' forum at the National Institute of Public Administration (Intan).
Despite challenges that may arise, Fahmi said he was positive that it will not hinder with the work process of implementation.
He said the salary increase which opens for registration in April next year. link:
"The implementation of this progressive salary will result in increased income for private sector workers, similar to the public sector.
"With the country's economic growth in addition to investments made this year, various works will begin next year.
"I'm positive that the challenges during the work process will not hinder or halt its implementation."
Meanwhile, Fahmi expressed his disagreement with claims that civil servants' service has been inefficient and slow
He said issues may arise due to system limitations, upgrades, budget constraints, or time limitations.
"I don't entirely agree with that. Civil servants are part of the government, the entire machinery, so they will support themselves.
"We, as ministers, and deputies need to spend a bit of time to understand where efficiencies can be done, what interventions need to be made to help," he said.