Viral Twitter Post Claims A Minister's Parking Allowance Is Higher Than A Doctor's Salary

"Parking > literally saving lives".

Cover image via Twitter @amirul & Lim Huey Teng/Malaysiakini

A tweet posted yesterday, 24 December, claimed that parking allowance received by a minister is higher than that of a doctor's salary

The tweet, that has since gone viral with over 13,900 retweets at the time of writing, was posted by a handle @amirull18, Amirul Azhar. He is an orthopaedic, according to his Twitter bio.

In his viral tweet, the Malaysian doctor highlighted how parking is given priority over "literally saving lives"

In a follow-up tweet, Amirul pointed out that the issue is not about Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Harapan, stating that the government shouldn't be eliminating the critical allowance for civil servants.

Amirul's tweet about the parking allowance comes after a controversial move announced by the Public Service Department (JPA)

In a circular issued on 20 December, JPA announced that new doctors, nurses, engineers and other professionals joining the civil service starting 1 January 2020 would not receive an additional allowance of monthly RM750 under the Critical Service Incentive Payment (BIPK).

JPA stated that these jobs are "no longer deemed critical".

"As a matter of principle, the BIPK allocation is not permanent and can be withdrawn when the relevant service schemes are no longer critical," JPA said in an FAQ accompanying its circular dated 20 December.

The move has since received criticism from several leaders:

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