Civil servants have a cause for celebration as the government just announced that all government employees will be receiving a RM500 special Aidilfitri assistance this year
The fasting month started on the 6th of June and Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year is expected to fall on the 6th of July.
Adding to that, a total of 743,000 government pensioners too will receive an amount of RM250 to help them during the Ramadan and Raya month.
The civil servants and pensioners will receive their Aidilfitri assistance on 13 June.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that the financial assistance for government pensioners would be given as a token of appreciation for their years of service and effort.
"The government hopes that the special financial assistance will help ease the financial burden of civil servants and pensioners as they prepare for Aidilfitri 2016," said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak when announcing the news.
Najib added to the string of happy news by informing that all civil servants will receive their annual salary increment in July under a financial allocation of RM1.1 billion
Under the rationalisation of the public service scheme – effective July 1, 2016 – civil servants in the lowest grade (Grade 11) will earn RM1,200, compared to RM837 a month now. Combined with existing allowances, employees in this grade will enjoy a take-home pay of about RM1,500.
Grade 17 and 27 would be discontinued and employees in these two grades would be upgraded to Grades 19 and 29 respectively. Grade 17 is given to employees with Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) certificates while Grade 27 are employees with Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) certificates and diploma holders.
Abolishing the lower grades like Grade 17 and replacing it with Grade 19 would mean a new employee will start their career at a higher level.
Those employed under Grade 17 with a current pay of RM935, will soon enjoy a higher minimum salary of RM1,350 a month after they are moved to Grade 19. Grade 27 employees with a starting pay of RM1,362, will now earn at least RM1,493 after being upgraded to Grade 29.
While we are on the topic of local civil servants, the Melaka state government announced earlier this year that they are only looking to hire less qualified people: