Allowances and salary adjustments will be done in stages
A review of civil servants’ allowances and salary adjustments is expected following the Jan 1 implementation of the New Civil Service Remuneration Scheme (SBPA).
Public Service Department (PSD) director-general Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah said this was an “ongoing process” to keep the structure “current with the times”.
“However, that is for the future as what we are concentrating on right now is the SBPA.”
He said the study would depend on the government’s finances.
He added that the department took the first step — implementing the new remuneration scheme — given the government’s favourable state of finances.
A per capita income of US$15,000 (RM47,550) is expected by 2020 when Malaysia reaches the status of a developed nation.
“Since the nation is moving on track towards the vision, this is the master plan of the government for the civil servants with regards to their income, so that they will be able to live comfortably.”
Earlier, Abu Bakar was quoted in an online news portal as saying that it had been confirmed that the department would be reviewing the allowances and salary adjustments in stages starting from next year, following the implementation of the SBPA.
The new system, part of the 2012 Budget, has created four hierarchies in the civil service: the premier, top management, management and professional, as well as the implementation groups.
Meanwhile, the government will introduce a new scheme for pharmacology lecturers in public higher learning institutions under the SBPA next month.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said under the Pharmacology Lecturer Service Scheme (DUF), all pharmacology lecturers would be given a starting salary equivalent to the University Lecturer Service Scheme (DS).
He said the same criteria to assess university lecturers would be used for the promotion of pharmacology lecturers right up to First-Level Special Grade (Gred Khas Turus Satu). “Previously, through the Malaysian Remuneration System (SSM), there was no special service scheme for pharmacology lecturers as they are only appointed under the DS scheme.
For this reason, he said it was difficult for the public higher learning institutions to conduct assessments for promotions for pharmacology lecturers based on pharmacist career path under the Health Ministry, as it involved a different scheme.
Khaled said this in his speech before launching the Potential Centres of Excellence 2011 and presenting a mock cheque of RM260 million of the RM200 book voucher to student representatives.