KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman has slammed the Public Service Department’s (PSD) move to slash critical allowances for professional civil servants.
In a video posted on Twitter, Syed Saddiq expressed his disagreement over the decision and said the government should instead review allowances given to ministers and politicians.
“I don’t agree with the decision to cut allowances for our young doctors and nurses.
“We should not wrong our doctors and nurses and those in critical services. They are already heavily overworked and underpaid.
“I know this because I went through an appendicitis surgery at a government hospital and they give the best of treatments to all Malaysians, that is why I disagree with the new PSD circular which has a direct impact on many youths in the public sector,” he said.
Syed Saddiq added that as a start, he would be cutting short his annual leave and also return every sen that was granted to him as holiday allowance.
“I have already reduced 10 per cent of my salary and I will ensure others will do the same until this problem is resolved.”
The decision to end the critical allowance was announced in a PSD circular on Dec 20.
The cut would affect government doctors, nurses, engineers and other professionals joining public service starting Jan 1, 2020.
This critical allowance is one of nine other allowances that the government would stop paying for, including English proficiency incentives and entertainment allowances for private secretaries.