: The government will give a special assistance of RM500 to all the estimated 1.6 million civil servants under Budget 2016.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who announced this when tabling the budget in the Dewan Rakyat
today, said the 700,000 government pensioners would also receive a special payment of RM250.
"Both payments totalling almost RM1 billion will be made in January 2016," he said.
Najib, who is also the finance minister, said the government would also make improvements in appreciation of the contributions and service of the civil servants.
This included setting the minimum starting salary in the civil service at RM1,200 a month, which will benefit 60,000 civil servants, and improving 252 schemes of service, which will benefit 406,000 civil servants.
Najib said the government would set the minimum pension rate at RM950 a month for pensioners with at least 25 years of service, which will benefit almost 50,000 pensioners.
He said the government would also provide benefit of salary adjustment equivalent to one annual increment according to grade, which will benefit 1.6 million civil servants with an allocation of RM1.1 billion.
It would also offer permanent post to contract of service officers who have at least 15 years of service, benefiting 43,000 contract officers.
"All these measures will be implemented effective 1 July 2016 with a total allocation of RM1.4 billion," he said.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said that in a challenging economic situation, the government continued to show concern for the welfare of civil servants, both serving and retired.
Therefore, all civil servants should step up efforts and productivity in the implementation of the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020) and strengthen integrity as well as ensure prudent government expenditure, he said in a statement.
The success of the implementation of the 11th plan would determine Malaysia's progress to a high-income developed nation in 2020, he added.