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By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, Nov 29: More than 16,000 Sarawak civil servants will receive their “bantuan khas kewangan” or bonus before Christmas, revealed State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion.
However, the figure does not include those working in the local councils and statutory bodies, he added.
“They will receive their bonus before Christmas,” Jaul told DayakDaily today.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg announced a bonus of two month’s basic salary or a minimum RM2,000 for the state civil servants during his winding-up speech at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting on Nov 13.
He said the bonus would be paid before the end of the year.
Abang Johari added that the state government recognised the support and contribution of the Sarawak civil service in implementing state policies and delivering development projects and public service to the people.
“I am happy to note that the Sarawak civil service has been instrumental in ensuring that projects are well implemented and executed in a timely manner.
“It is no accident that the Sarawak civil service has been acknowledged as among the best, if not the best, in Malaysia,” he continued.
He told the media after his winding-up speech that most of the projects, especially people-centric projects or “projek rakyat”, were mostly on track due to the hard work of the civil servants, while many business procedures and processes had been simplified for the people’s benefit.
“There were those especially at the district offices who have work extra hard to ensure these projects are implemented on time,” he said.
The chief minister however noted, that there was room for improvement in service delivery and called on civil servants to meet the people’s rising expectations. — DayakDaily