KUALA LUMPUR: About 1.4 million government employees are waiting with bated breath for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's announcement of the revised Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA) tomorrow.
While some analysts had viewed the SBPA scheme as major windfall or "durian runtuh" for civil servants, its implementation is part of several initiatives to transform the country's civil service into a dynamic one with an efficient, productive, competitive and high performance culture capable of meeting the ever-increasing demands of modern day society.
The scheme, aimed at providing better and competitive remuneration to government servants, as well as manage talent attraction, retention and acceleration in the civil service, is part of Najib's transformation plan to lay the foundation towards the establishment of a high income economy.
Najib had initially announced the government's plan for an improved pay scheme for civil servants when he presented the 2012 Budget on Oct 7, last year.
The government had allocated RM64.1 billion for the wages and pensions of government employees under the 2012 Budget but a revision could mean a higher wage bill.
A task force headed by the former Director-General of the Public Services Department, Tan Sri Ismail Adam, was formed to study various shortcomings.
While the task force had until April 16 to complete its work, it appears that it had finished much earlier than anticipated.The resolution of this thorny issue is a welcome relief among the affected employees, which, in turn, is likely to provide a positive multiplier effect in that another four million people will benefit if a rough rule of the thumb of four dependents per employee is used.
It would indeed, be a windfall if they received backdated pay, as well, because CUEPACS had asked that the revised SBPA pay package be implemented from the original implementation date of Jan 1, despite it being delayed.
In the final analysis, these are all part of efforts under the "People First, Performance Now" orientation of the government under Najib to improve the welfare and well-being of Malaysians for a better future. - Bernama