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Advocacy for Civil Service Job Protection: Muhyiddin’s Plea Amidst New Policy Implementation

In a notable development, the call to prioritize job preservation within the civil service is being championed by former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, currently leading Perikatan Nasional. As a new policy for hiring civil servants is on the horizon, Muhyiddin underscores the importance of balancing the addressing of rising pension payments with safeguarding the welfare of civil servants. This plea follows the announcement by the Public Services Department (JPA) regarding the appointment of new civil servants on a contractual basis, awaiting the formulation of a policy for permanent posts without pensions.

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Deputy Prime Minister’s Clarification on Temporary Contracts

Providing clarity on the matter, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi highlighted that these contracts are of a temporary nature, set to remain in effect until the Cabinet approves the impending policy. The proposed policy, scheduled for implementation this year, seeks to alleviate the substantial financial burden, with the federal government anticipated to pay RM120 billion in pensions by 2040 without a restructured system.

Emphasizing the Crucial Role of Civil Servants

Muhyiddin has stressed the critical role played by the 1.6 million civil servants, particularly those in essential services such as safety, health, and education. Recognizing their instrumental contribution, he asserts that the civil service serves as the backbone of the state’s capacity, especially during times of crisis. Muhyiddin cites their pivotal role in steering the country out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Advocacy for Economic Growth Over Downsizing

The president of Bersatu urges the government to prioritize strategies for promoting investments and bolstering economic growth to enhance the country’s revenue. Emphasizing the need for an approach focused on revenue expansion rather than contemplating downsizing the civil service for cost-saving, Muhyiddin’s advocacy presents an alternative perspective. This echoes a plea to strike a delicate balance between fiscal responsibility and safeguarding the well-being of the essential workforce. As the nation grapples with these policy considerations, the call for job protection within the civil service resonates as a vital component of a balanced and comprehensive approach.

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