Abang Jo pledges to improve Sarawak civil service's salary schemes before he retires as premier

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUCHING, Sept 14 — Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg today pledged to improve the salary schemes of the state civil servants before he retires as the premier of Sarawak.

He said he has discussed with the state civil servants their requests for an upward revision of their salaries, saying he is aware that the salaries are not commensurate with their workload.

"I have directed Sarawak Secretary Datuk Amar Abu Bakar Marzuki to evaluate the salary schemes of state civil service as the cost of living has gone up, but the salaries have remained the same all these years,” he said at the opening of the National Integrity Conference here.

However, he said, even if the state government wants to raise the salaries, it has to refer to the Pension Fund in Putrajaya for decisions.

"I have to find the solution to this problem so that we will not be tied up to the Pension Fund.

"If other countries can do it, why not us”? he asked.

He said he suspects that the low salaries might be a factor contributing to the non-compliance to the work ethics.