LABUAN: More than 80 types of allowance for civil servants, including cost of living allowance, will be revised in terms of equality, fairness and rationality, said Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa.
He said the revision would ensure the welfare of civil servants continued to be taken care of, and the good news would be announced by the prime minister.
According to Ali, civil servants raised various questions and demands for rationality in grade status, contract employment status, and various allowances, including housing and travel claims, since he held the post.
“All these include more than 80 types of allowance which will be studied in detail to see the equality in the provision of allowance. We will also study and give attention to static salaries,” he told reporters after a tea function with village chiefs and residents of Kampung Sungai Labu here Friday.
Earlier, Ali answered questions from civil servants during a dialogue session at a meeting with civil servants, which was attended by over 1,000 people.
He said he was satisfied with the performance of civil servants, but reminded them not to be complacent and continue improving the delivery system.
He said, as civil servants were the keepers of public interest, they needed to obey all laws, regulations, orders and procedures, as failure to do so would allow for disciplinary action under the Public Officers Regulations 1993 or Official Secrets Act 1972.
Besides that, Ali said an important element in ensuring the progress of the civil service was fostering a good relationship and understanding between employer and employee.
“We must create a Caring Community concept…a department head’s concern (for subordinates) will make work enjoyable and lead to increased efficiency and productivity in the civil service,” he added.
Ali, who had the opportunity to visit several development projects in Labuan, also expressed satisfaction with the progress, which he said would be a positive impact on the community.
He said Labuan residents were lucky to have special attention from the government in the 2013 Budget, with a 50 per cent discount for passengers and commercial vehicles using ferry services.
He added that the government would also carry out a project for 1,000 affordable housing units and four projects costing an estimated RM165.65 million to strengthen the Federal Territory of Labuan as an oil and gas hub.