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Looks like Malaysia’s civil servants and pensioners are off to a great start this new year.
As planned in Budget 2016, the Malaysian government will be giving out a sum of RM500 as special assistance to civil servants and a special payment of RM250 to pensioners today.
The Star Online reported a total of 1.6 million civil servants and one million pensioners will benefit from the payouts.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the good news in a Tweet on Sunday.
“God willing, the government will give special payment amounting to RM500 to 1.6 million civil servants and RM250 to government pensioners tomorrow as promised in #Bajet2016 (Budget 2016),” he tweeted.
Insya-Allah, Krjn akan buat bayaran khas RM500 kpd 1.6j penjawat awam & RM250 kpd pesara krjn pd hari esok spt yg diumum dlm #Bajet2016
— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) January 3, 2016
Additionally, the Public Service Department (PSD) sent out a circular on Sunday about the special payment stating:
“(It) is on condition the employee has served at least 30 consecutive days, including all types of leave with fully and partially paid leave, weekly rest days, weekly holidays and public holidays from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2015.”
“Civil servants appointed permanently, on a temporary basis, or via a contract of service, interim teachers and those who went on half pay leave are eligible for the special payment,” The Star Online reported.
Other than the special payments, Malaysia’s civil servants can expect to receive a number of additional incentives including tax relief, training funds and a rise in minimum wages to RM1,200. Minimum pension will also be raised to RM950 monthly for retirees with at least 25 years of service.