Those working in the public sector have great news to look forward to according to Free Malaysia Today, as it has just been announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri that the government will be allocating RM1.5 billion towards a special pay rise beginning from January 2023. The increment is expected to benefit 1.28 million civil servants among those belonging in the Grade 11 to Grade 56 categories.
Civil servants to see a number of new benefits introduced
As explained by Sabri, this would mean that civil servants from Grade 11 who were supposed to receive a pay increment of RM80 next year, will now receive a RM180 raise instead for example. This announcement follows a number of other new benefits that were introduced earlier today at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre as part of the 18th Civil Service Premier Gathering (MAPPA XVIII), including the ability for civil servants to cash in up to 180 days of unused annual leave upon their retirement.
This is an increase of 20 days from the previous 160 days, which is expected to provide civil servants with more cash in hand when they retire. As for teachers who work in the public school system, those who have served for over 10 years will be entitled to an additional five days of special leave, bringing the total amount of special leave days to 15. Half-a-million teachers are expected to benefit from this new change.
Scope of unrecorded leaves have been expanded
The government has also expanded the scope of unrecorded leaves for civil servants to include the passing of siblings or grandparents. Prior to this, only the deaths of a spouse, parent, parent-in-law, or child, were granted unrecorded leaves.
Additionally, civil servants belonging to Grade 56 categories and below will be able to enjoy a special one-off cash aid of RM700, whereas pensioners and veterans without any pensions will receive RM350. These will similarly be disbursed by January of 2023.
Lastly a new ‘annual salary movement’ rate will be introduced, with the Public Service Department (JPA) expected to issue a circular on the mater later on. The current rate now stands at 3%.