GEORGETOWN — March 21, 2016: The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) wants the Penang government to build more affordable houses for civil servants there.
According to its president Datuk Azih Muda, a reasonable price should be the main consideration for the state government as most civil servants cannot afford to buy a property priced about RM400,000.
“With the rising cost of living, including children’s education and nursery, utility bills and logistics, there is no way a civil servant can afford to
buy a house at that price. Those in the implementer group can only afford to buy something at between RM90,000 and RM150,000.”
Azih said this to reporters after a briefing on public service and other issues to over 200 Penang civil servants here today.
He suggested that the federal and state governments and non-governmental organisations work closely together to help civil servants own a house by building more affordable houses.
“We don’t want civil servants to continue living in government quarters or rented houses. We want to ensure that before they retire, they will have at
least one house which they can call their own.”
Azih also wants the government to reconsider the decision to reduce the supply of uniforms for civil servants as stipulated under the recent
circular issued from the Treasury.
The circular, among others, says that the uniforms will be reduced from three to two sets a year as part of the government decision reduce spending.
“It’s hard to have only two sets of uniforms for a year. We suggest that the number be increased to four, not reduced,” he said, adding that it was
hoped that Cuepacs would not be sidelined by the finance ministry in any discussions concerning amendments of Treasury circulars which affect civil servants. — Bernama