(From left) Shahabuddin, Azih and Ahmad speaking to reporters after the launch.

KUCHING: The Congress of the Union of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) is very grateful to the state government for its commitment to its civil servants.

Its president Datuk Azih Muda stated that Cuepacs Sarawak is the only state-branch which had been given excellent facilities by the state government.

He was referring to the newly established office for Cuepacs Sarawak which was given by the state government last year and cost almost RM500,000.

“We also thank the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for allocating special bonus for the state’s civil servants equivalent to two months’ basic salary or a minimum of RM2,000 to be paid at the end of the year,” he said.

Apart from that, the state government also allocated free electricity connection charges of up to RM5,000 along with subsidies of up to 70 per cent for connection charges between RM5,000 and RM10,000 for low-income urban households starting Jan 1 next year.

This will benefit not only Sarawakians but also federal civil servants based in the state, he told reporters after the launch of Cuepacs Sarawak office at Jalan Bamfylde, yesterday.

(From left) Shahabuddin, Azih and Ahmad speaking to reporters after the launch.

Cuepacs Sarawak president, Ahmad Malie, echoed Azih’s praises for the state government for being committed to looking after the welfare of Sarawakians in general and civil servants in particular.

“Even though the bonuses for federal civil servants have not yet been taken into consideration, there are other incentives given by the state government which the federal and state civil servants can enjoy together,” he said.

According to Ahmad, Cuepacs Sarawak previously rented the premises of Sarawak Medical Services Union at Jalan Kereta Api and Sarawak Bumiputera Teachers Union.

“With the gift from the state government, we can now start our own operation and organise events in our own building,” he said.

“The building used to be a government quarters and left abandoned until Abang Johari announced last year to give it to us. The renovation started in the same year and was completed two weeks ago.”

Abang Johari, who officiated at the event, also announced that the state government would fund the utility costs of the establishment such as electricity and water supply.

Also present at the function was the State Federal Secretary Mohd Shahabuddin Omar.