‘Can’t give bonus to federal civil servants due to federal policy’
KUCHING: The Sarawak government is unable to give a special bonus to federal civil servants in the state as it has to abide by the federal government’s policy on the ma er, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said while he wished he could give federal civil servants a bonus as requested by the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services Malaysia (Cuepacs) Sarawak, the federal government’s policy covers the civil service in the country and has to be adhered to.
“If the state government gives bonus to you (federal civil servants in Sarawak), the federal civil servants in other states will also ask. So if we do it, it will be a problem to the country. So we give bonus only to the civil servants serving in the Sarawak government only.
“What to do. If can be given, why not? But the constraint is there,” he said when opening Cuepacs Sarawak’s office at Jalan Bampfylde here yesterday.
Cuepacs Sarawak president Ahmad Malie last month appealed to Abang Johari to consider giving a bonus of RM1,000 to federal civil servants in the state, following the announcement by the chief minister in his windingup speech during the State Legislative Assembly si ing that state civil servants would be ge ing two months’ basic salary or a minimum of RM2,000.
Last week, State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion said the bonus would be paid out on Dec 18, the same day as the civil servants’ payday.
Meanwhile, on Cuepacs Sarawak’s request for a piece of land to develop a housing area for its members, Abang Johari said while he would be discussing details of the plan with the union, he could not solely focus on the needs of Cuepacs members as there are others who also want to purchase homes.
“But we will work together. Cuepacs can submit its list for us to consider. But we also have to look at other people, otherwise we are not fair to those who are not in Cuepacs,” he said.
When asked if he had identified an area for the proposed Cuepacs Garden housing estate, he said: “I see first because we want to open up new areas around the new roads that we want to build. When we have created the access, we will develop the area. Let us plan first.”
The chief minister said one of the new roads the Sarawak government is going to build is the Samarahan-Kuching Road, which will start in Samarahan and lead to Kampung Tanjung Bako, where a bridge heading to Borneo Convention Centre Kuching will be built, before continuing to Petra Jaya.
He said the new road would open up new areas, where houses could be built.
“Give me time because the bridge and the road are still in the design stage. It may happen in four to five years, provided I’m still the Chief Minister.”
He further stated that areas in Petra Jaya and along the way to Lundu would also be opened up for development upon the completion of Rambungan Bridge.
The new bridge, he added, would shorten the journey from here to Lundu to less than an hour.
“The new access road means that there will be some areas along the road leading to Lundu that can be developed into Cuepacs Garden and others.
“The area may be quite far from Kuching (now), but in five to 10 years’ time, we are going to build the autonomous rail transit, which may shorten the travelling distance from Kuching to these housing estates to between 40 and 50 minutes,” he said.
Abang Johari prepares to cut the ribbon to launch Cuepacs Sarawak office, witnessed by Ahmad on his right and others.