Friday September 21, 2012
Elderly poor deserve pensions, says association
PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Government Pensioners Association wants those above 60 and living below the average national poverty line of RM800 to be given pensions.
Its president Tan Sri Wan Mahmood Pawan Teh said these elderly Malaysians deserved better perks as they had served the nation and were no longer employable.
He said they should also enjoy free public transportation in towns and cities and be subsidised for intercity transportation.
“Vouchers should also be given to those driving cars registered under their names for toll rebates,” he added.
“We sincerely hope the Government would consider these in Budget 2013.”
For Cuepacs, a new remuneration scheme for civil servants tops its Budget 2013 wish list.
Its president Datuk Omar Osman said the new scheme should replace the Public Service New Remuneration Scheme that was scrapped earlier this year.
With that cancellation, the 1.4 million civil servants were placed under the improved Malaysian Remuneration System with salary increases of between 7% and 13%.
Omar said Cuepacs was also seeking affordable urban housing, an increase in the RM180 housing allowance and more bonuses in addition to the recent half-month pay-out.
“We will be satisfied if at least 70% of our wish list is met,” he said.
“If our requests are fulfilled, Cuepacs will propose that civil servants put in an additional 30 minutes of work daily by coming in15 minutes earlier and leaving 15 minutes later.”