17,000 civil servants, particularly contract workers and political appointees, may soon find themselves without a job
In a press conference today, 16 May, Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad announced that the drastic cut will be put in motion in a bid to reduce government spending
According to Malay Mail, Tun Dr. Mahathir said that the Pakatan Harapan administration is working to "trim excess fat" from the previous government's "excessive spending".
"There had been excessive government spending and we need to reduce this, which includes too many contract employees, some of whom were for administrative needs while others were political appointees," he said, as quoted by Malay Mail.
However, he added that low-salaried employees may be spared from the axe and reassigned to jobs that are more suited to their qualifications instead
"In cases where they are drivers, who get a low salary, it would be a burden to them if we terminate them abruptly," he was quoted as saying in a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation today.
A classified audit report into the controversial 1MDB state fund has also been made public. Here's all you need to know about the report: