JOHOR BAHRU – About 400,000 civil servants in the country are still earning as low as RM805 a month, according to Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda.
He said most of them are general workers and drivers who only possessed a PMR (Form Three assessment certificate).
“These employees who receive minimal salary play a role as the country’s implementors, are citizens and assets to the government and nation.
“If these assets are not taken care of, we worry that they would not be able to put their mind and soul to their tasks and enhance their productivity.
“Aside from that, they would also not be able to provide good education to their children because of financial constraints,” he told reporters after attending an economic forum for government employees here today.
He was asked to comment on Cuepacs’ request for the government to raise the minimum salary civil servants by 35 per cent to RM1,200 monthly.
Azih hoped the government would consider Cuepacs’ request in light of escalating living costs particularly in major towns.
“We are aware that the government’s financial concerns become more complex as the population increases. But the evolution has resulted in higher living costs in major towns,” he said. – BERNAMA