KOTA KINABALU: Sabah CUEPACS echoes the sentiment that reviewing the retirement age of government servants from 60 to 65 years is not pragmatic for now.
Its chairman Adamin Mokh, however, agrees that it can be relooked in the near future.
CUEPACS had cited that an extension to 65 years will deprive the new generation of graduates a place in the civil service.
“We agree that there are so many young graduates out there who have yet to find employment.
“What needs to be done is for the government to raise the minimum wage so that a pensioner will have enough to live a decent life after retirement,” he said in a statement, adding besides receiving low monthly pension they also face various health issues.
Furthermore, he said CUEPACS is aware of the fact that there are still a big number of civil servants who are burdened with monthly repayment of their housing loans after retirement.
Raising the minimum wage surely go a long way towards reducing their monthly financial commitments.
Civil servants have always carried out their responsibilities in full support of the government of the day.
Adamin added that there is no reason for civil servants to do otherwise and it is important that our service delivery system remains at the highest level of the public’s expectations.
“We must work with the government of the day for the benefit of the people.
“We have also received many enquiries as to whether the 2 days’ public holidays for Christmas will be revoked by the new government.
“There is no reason for civil servants to doubt the sincerity of the government especially when decisions made by any government is for the good for the people.”
Sabah CUEPACS would also like to salute all frontliners especially healthcare workers in this difficult pandemic time and thank the government for recognizing the sacrifices made by this group.
The recent announcement by the government to include the police and military officers for the one-off payment of RM300 is certainly very much welcomed by these sectors.