Cuepacs: Raise allowances

VERDUE: 231 types not revised for more than 10 years.

KOTA KINABALU: THE Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has called on the government to reviseĀ  allowances of civil servants to ensure their welfare was well taken care of next year.

Its president, Azih Muda, said there were 231 allowances that had not been reviewed for more than 10 years, including service, lodging, housing and mileage.

“Many civil servants have to fork out their money to pay extra (during outstation trips) because of the high cost of living and this is not fair. This can lead to protests against the government because of dissatisfaction,” he said here yesterday.

The newly appointed president was in the state to meet Sabah Cuepecs members for the first time to discuss civil service issues.

Azih hoped the government would consider allowing civil servants aged 55 to take 20 per cent of their retirement funds for medical purposes.

“This will reduce their financial burdn. They can also use the money to go on pilgrimage or pay for their children’s education.”

He also hoped the government would increase the haj quota next year, including extending leave replacement from 150 to 180 days.

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