‘Can’t give bonus to fed­eral civil ser­vants due to fed­eral pol­icy’

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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.

— Photo by Muham­mad Rais Sanusi

Abang Jo­hari pre­pares to cut the rib­bon to launch Cuepacs Sarawak of­fice, wit­nessed by Ah­mad on his right and oth­ers.

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