Bonus sparks joy

MIRI: The state government’s announcement to give one-and-a-half month’s or a minimum RM2,000 bonus to state civil servants and a one-off payment of RM500 to federal civil servants on Friday has sparked joy.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg announced this during his winding-up speech at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN).

The New Sarawak Tribune managed to speak with members of the public to obtain their views.

Sawing Bajing

Sawing Bajing (government-linked company employee)

The announcement brought hope and happiness during this difficult time. I laud the efforts made by the state government as I believe it gives encouragement to civil servants.

Malateh Mahmud

Malateh Mahmud (Miri Resident Community chairman)

This reflects the state government’s attentiveness towards the welfare of civil servants. At the same time, we should avoid spending on unnecessary things and put more effort into saving money.

Liza Ibrahim

Liza Ibrahim (federal civil servant)

The financial aid will help us a lot. Thank you to the Sarawak government for the bonus, especially during this difficult time. It will motivate us to do better.

Spanski Steven

Spanski Steven (Youth Parliament of Malaysia member)

The bonus will help civil servants navigate through this difficult time besides giving them motivation to do their best, especially to our frontliners, against Covid-19.

Ismawati Abdullah

Ismawati Abdullah (food entrepreneur)

I have a son-in-law working as a civil servant and this announcement will definitely help him and his family. Thank you, Sarawak government for the bonus.

Wiyvy Ibrahim

Wiyvy Ibrahim (private sector employee)

This is good news for our civil servants, but I hope those in the private sector would receive similar incentives to motivate us.