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Special Raya Aid For Civil Servants, Govt Pensioners

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PUTRAJAYA – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today announced a special financial aid of RM500 to civil servants on Grade 54 and below in view of Ramadan and Aidilfitri.

He also said that RM250 would be paid to the over 700,000 governmentpensioners.

The payment of the aid would be made on June 25, and would involve a sum of RM1 billion, he said at the 14th Premier Civil Service Dialogue here.

“The payment is to help ease the financial burden of civil servants making preparations for Ramadan and Aidilfitri,” said Najib.

The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan starts tomorrow. Aidilfitri is expected to fall on July 17 or 18.

Najib, who is also the finance minister, also announced a raise from RM180 to RM300 in the housing allowance of civil servants on Grade 41 and below.

He also said that those who resided in government quarters and did not enjoy this allowance would be given 25 per cent of the actual housing allowance they were eligible for.

Najib said this decision would take effect on Nov 1 this year and involve more than 1.1 million civil servants throughout the country.

The financial implication of this move was RM1.04 billion annually, he added. – Bernama


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