PERIOD OF PUBLIC SERVICE
KUCHING: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Public Complaints Bureau chief Wilfred Yap has called for the calculation of period of public service to be reviewed to include the period of service as daily paid state government employees.
He said that this was to enable such employees to enjoy the one-off vacation subsidy of RM3,000.
In a statement yesterday, he highlighted the predicament faced by a civil servant surnamed Kueh, who is currently serving as an administrative assistant in a state department.
According to Kueh, only Sarawak civil servants who had served for 20 years or more were entitled to the one-off vacation subsidy of RM3,000 under ‘Pekeliling Perjawatan Negeri Sarawak Bilangan 20 Tahun 2019’.
“Kueh also said that she has served the Sarawak government faithfully for the last 38 years, and is disappointed that her application for the one-off vacation subsidy of RM3,000 was not approved by her department because the calculation of the period of her public service did not reach 20 years,” said Yap.
He explained that this was because her period of service as a daily paid worker had not been included in this calculation.
“She first commenced work as a daily paid employee with the Sarawak government in 1981 and her term of service was only converted to a monthly paid employee in 2009.
“Kueh would be entitled for the one-off vacation subsidy if her terms of service had included the time when she served the Sarawak government as a daily paid employee,” he pointed out.
Thus, Yap appealed to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to consider the predicament faced by Kueh and all other similarly affected state government employees.
He said that state government employees who started on the daily paid scheme deserved the same recognition as other Sarawak monthly paid civil servants for their dedication and contribution to public service.
“Sarawak government employees who started out on the daily paid scheme also perform the same work tasks as those on the monthly paid scheme.
“Recognition of their service during the time when they were daily paid would go a long way towards recognising and appreciating their hard work and valuable services to the public,” he said.