Friday, December 09, 2011

New pay scheme lauded

Friday December 9, 2011
New pay scheme lauded

PETALING JAYA: Teachers on the whole are happy with the new civil service remuneration scheme as there will be more opportunities for them to move to higher grades, National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said.

Lok said teachers were happier with the new scheme compared with the present Malaysia Remuneration Scheme as the time-based promotion period between grades were shorter.

She was commenting on the announcement by Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah on Wednesday that the pay increase for the civil servants would be based on four principles: hierarchy; talent and experience; position and subject matter expertise; and performance.

Abu Bakar said the increments would be performance-based, which means that if the top civil servants do not do enough to merit bonuses, there would be no pay rise for them either.

The performance of the top-level civil servants will be evaluated through their Key Performance Indicators.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced during the Budget that the biggest change for the civil service was the introduction of the new civil service remuneration scheme to replace the current one.

Lok, who is also Cuepacs secretary-general, gave an assurance to clerical staff, who are unhappy that they will only receive salary adjustments and not be promoted to higher grades, that there was still room for discussion with PSD.

Johor Cuepacs chairman Mohd Shaman Jaes thanked the Govern­ment for listening to its call for a salary review but wants the PSD to consider giving a special allowance for civil servants in Johor because of the higher cost of living there.

“Prices of food and other items are higher in Johor than in other states,” he said here yesterday.

Malaysian Medical Association president Dr Mary Suma Cardosa said the new scheme would boost performance and create an environment of greater professionalism.

However, Dr Cardosa called on the PSD to give her members more time to sign up for the scheme.

“We are only given until Dec 31 to decide if we want to apply for the new scheme, but we need to know more details such as; what sort of measurements do we use to gauge a doctor’s performance? What is the increment scale like? We hope that the department will provide us with more information soon,” she said.

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