The proposed Saraan Baru Perkhidmatan Awam (SBPA) which was supposed to be introduced and come into force this month for the civil servants is now gone. Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak announced to revert to the existing Sistem Saraan Malaysia (SSM) this morning. The SSM would be improved, instead
Published: Thursday March 8, 2012 MYT 10:45:00 AM
Najib: SBPA scheme to be scrapped
PUTRAJAYA: The Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA) has been scrapped, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razakannounced on Thursday.
He said the existing Sistem Saraan Malaysia will be implemented with improvements.
The SBPA, which is said to have intended for top civil servants be remunerated like top executives in the market, was rejected vehemently by Ceupacs. The proposed scheme is focused to the remuneration only for the stop civil servants, currently from Jawatan Utama Sektor Awam C (JUSA C) and above, with proposed increase in pay and allowances more than 50%. The top job was said to jump from the current RM 20,000.00 band to RM 60,000.00 with retirement bonus in the neighbourhood of RM 1 million.
The middle management and senior officers don’t get that much and worse still, the lower graded personnel which amounts to 80% of the 1.2 million civil service get only a few hundred ringgit increase each, at the most.
What is interesting to the argument why top civil servants should be remunerated like the contemporaries in the GLCs is that civil servants enjoy better job security and even promotion opportunities as compared to their colleagues who are in GLCs. Even their perks are envy of their contemporaries in the private sector. Not to mention their power and clout.
Senior GLC executives are subjected to two or three year contract terms. Most importantly, GLCs like any other corporations need to show record and performance. If it is a public listed company, then they need to comply to strict market and industry regulators. For the shareholders, which is also the government, they have figures presented for measurement.
Ministries and even agencies on the other hand, does not. Malaysian public understand very little of what they do and achievements they get. Unlike agencies like Employee Provident Fund, Inland Revenue Board or Royal Customs where occasionally there are announcements on their revenue collection track record, almost everything else is oblivion. Sometimes, MPs and Senators need to raise in Parliament to get the numbers.
The civil servants never tell the public of their ‘score card’. How much target did they achieve, at what cost and more importantly, how much savings they manage to get achieving their targets were never provided for the tax payers to ponder. The Chief Secretary to the Government and each ministries should do this first before allowing themselves with extra ordinary pay rise proposal.
The only safeguard the rakyat have is the Auditor General report, to highlight all the irregularities. However, there is no good system to measure performance and achievements.
The Chief Secretary to the Government, who is the head of the civil service and Director General of Public Services Department, the department in charge of human capital for the civil service, should step down immediately for their botched-up high stake proposal to the Federal Government and thus created so much stirred up of hostilities and huge of negativities. It is a direct defiance of Prime Minister Najib’s 1 Malaysia slogan where the ‘rakyat comes first’.
In the civil service, the ‘rakyat’ is the majority of the lower graded personnel and not the selected hundred fifty or so in the ‘Club of KSUs and DGs’.
Even when the civil servants within JPA deliberated and processed the SBPA proposal and tabled it for government’s decision, Prime Minister Najib gave a lot of room for Ceupacs to have their say on it. After consultation with Ceupacs, he has proven that civil servants are the planners and executors of Federal Government policies and not the determinant. Prime Minister Najib’s decision today proves the point that the ‘bigger picture’ is still paramount.
Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak revealed some of the details for the improved SSM. It is more equitable across the board and not as despairing as the one proposed by JPA as the SBPA.
Published: Thursday March 8, 2012 MYT 2:00:00 PM
PM: Civil servants’ salaries to increase by seven to 13%
By ZUHRIN AZAM AHMAD
PUTRAJAYA: Civil servants will get a salary adjustment of between 7% and 13% under the Malaysian Remuneration System (SSM) which will be reintroduced with improvements.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Thursday announced that the SSM would replaced the controversial New Remuneration Scheme for civil servants (SBPA).
Najib said staff in the management and professional group would enjoy a 13% adjustment in their salaries.
He said Jusa grades A, B and C officers would get a 9% adjustment while staff in Grades 2 and 3 by 8%.
Grade 1 staff and the Chief Secretary to the Government would get a 7% adjustment.
Najib also announced that the Cost of Living Allowance (Cola) had been increased from RM200 to RM250 for the B area, and from RM100 to RM150 for the C area.
The salary adjustment and new Cola rates are expected to be backdated to Jan 1, the supposedly effective date of the SBPA.