Cuepacs steps up fight against new scheme

Stephanie Sta Maria | January 31, 2012
Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Cuepacs has set up an action committee as its latest step in its fight against the Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA).

A 15-member team, led by Cuepacs deputy president, Azih Muda, will present a paper on its recommendations to Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, by early March.

These recommendations were compiled during a two-day workshop on SBPA which was attended by all Cuepacs officials.

Cuepacs president, Omar Osman, told the media this afternoon that the paper would be based on the five items that Cuepacs has already submitted for review by the SBPA task force.

“The prime minister introduced the SBPA in the hope that it would be better than the Malaysian Remuneration Scheme (SSM) but instead it is the worst scheme we have ever seen,” he said.

“And this is because the Public Services Department (PSD) never consulted us in drafting the scheme and then kept the details a secret from us.”

Among the recommendations is a review of the Civil Service Premier Post (JUSA) level. Omar stated that of the current 36 posts, only seven are qualified for a Premier classification.

He listed the seven as the Chief Secretary to the Government, Secretary-General of Treasury, Director-General of Public Services, Treasury Auditor-General, Attorney-General, Chief Justice and Accountant-General of Malaysia.

Omar also slammed the mismatch of job titles and functions under the SBPA. Under the scheme, “drivers” will now be known as “operations manager”, “hostel supervisor” as “administrative supervisor” and “nursing trainer” as “health trainer”.

“There is a complete imbalance here,” he pointed out. “The reasoning behind the title change it to supposedly add prestige to the job but there are better ways of doing this.”

Lopsided salary adjustments

Omar confirmed earlier claims by PAS vice president, Mahfuz Omar, that those in the Premier group had already been given offer letters and that some of them are already receiving the new salary under the SBPA.

“Who authorised this?” he demanded. “I also have text messages from pensioners who have received as much as RM9,800 in pensions under the SBPA.”

“These are the surprises that we are being subjected to because of the SBPA’s lack of transparency.”

Omar also maintained his earlier threat to pull out from the SBPA task force if no additional Cuepacs representatives are included on the panel.

He has asked for Azih Muda, secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng and financial secretary Jaafar Mansor to also sit on the task force as he alone cannot represent 1.3 million members.

The head of the SBPA task force, Ismail Adam, yesterday said that he had no objections to the three coming on board but that the power to make appointments rested with the Chief Secretary to the Government, Sidek Hassan.

“We have no heard anything on this matter yet but if the three are not invited to the second task force meeting on Feb 8 then I will officially resign on that day,” Omar said.

The SBPA was meant to be implemented on Jan 1 but has been delayed due to strong objections over the lopsided salary adjustment between senior government officials above Grade 54 and those below.

Cuepacs is conducting a roadshow until April on the SBPA and civil servants have until Feb 15 to submit their protests on the scheme.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 - 8:16 pm

    Imagine all civil servants suddenly cast their votes to Pakatan in GE13!

  2. #2 by Winston on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 - 9:34 pm

    This is an auspicious sign!
    The government employees are so fed up with the Feds that
    they will most probably dump them at the next GE!
    This should augur well for the PR!

  3. #3 by monsterball on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 - 10:33 pm

    Drivers as operations manager. Last time was Logistic Manager…and long long ago…a driver is a drive…plain and simple……no beating around the bush.
    Hostel supervisor Administrative supervisor.. .
    Nursing trainer as health trainer
    Cuepacs Deputy President is after Najib’s hide..making job descriptions… more and more confusing.
    Confusing all Malaysians is priority and part of Najib’s bright ideas.. how to win votes.

  4. #4 by raven77 on Wednesday, 1 February 2012 - 12:42 am

    Lets take a very simple example….

    There almost 25 public universities in this country…

    Save for that VC from UM , do you really think any of the other jokers calling themselves VCs deserve this pay rise….they are all appointed through cables and connections …a clear case in point is the UITM VC, forever making political rather then academic statements…

    Pray tell, you give a higher salary to a clown like this because you perceive him as a performing brain while the whole country views him as a political con artist….

    I guess, Sharkrizat too, will be asking for a pay rise now…susah mau jaga lembu tau….

  5. #5 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 1 February 2012 - 4:08 am

    Wonder HOW MUCH pay RISE n increase in handbag/ring/fashion/botox/hotel allowance will stumpy ah CHEAT soh get dis time round

  6. #6 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 1 February 2012 - 5:04 am

    MCA chap 狼狈为犴 + Perkosa Bra distributed PEK KIM/PAK KUM 2 Chinese seniors during Lunar NY, dastardly action 2 insult 羞辱华社及华裔同胞 n 2 show off ketuanan Melayu arrogance

    WHAT IF during Hari Raya Aidilfitri some1 did something contrary 2 d normal practices of Muslims n offensive 2 Muslims, will Perkosa Bra b OK with it or WAVE his kris n yell his racist mumbo jumbo?

  7. #7 by k1980 on Wednesday, 1 February 2012 - 7:54 am

    After 1malaysia comes…1CARE!!!

    With “1 Care”, it would be made compulsory for all wage earners, excluding government servants and pensioners, and businesses to contribute 10 per cent of their monthly incomes to a government-run Social Healthcare Insurance (SHI).

    “So those who can pay, will pay, while those exempted from paying, such as the poor and so on, would still qualify for free basic medical benefits offered under the scheme … Basically, those who can afford it will pay for those who can’t,”

  8. #8 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 1 February 2012 - 8:32 am

    There are 1.2m civil servants but 2.8m Rela members? Which is more important?

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