Wednesday March 13, 2013
Lahad Datu: Top cops to meet PSD over pay rise
PETALING JAYA: Top brass of the police force will meet with the Public Service Department (PSD) next week to finalise details of the revised pay scale, including whether pensions for retired personnel would be increased.
“It would be premature to elaborate on this until the meeting with PSD. We expect the details to be finalised within two weeks,” Federal Management director Comm Datuk Mortadza Nazrene said yesterday.
He acknowledged that the Government’s announcement about the salary scale for security forces had raised many questions such as the different rankings and those getting the pay rise.
“We will release the details once everything is finalised,” he said.
Asked whether the requirements to become a police constable would change, Mortadza said the minimum requirement remained at passing SPM with a credit in Bahasa Melayu.
Diploma holders, who enter the force, would earn the rank of cadet sergeant, he added.
Asked why certain personnel did not get time-based promotions, Mortadza said that this would depend on departmental examinations.
“For example, a corporal would be promoted within five years based on the time-based scheme. However, this depends on whether they have passed the respective departmental exams,” he said.
On Monday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that security forces would be given an upward revision of their salary scale backdated to Jan 1.
The move will benefit about 102,000 police and nearly 132,000 armed forces personnel.
Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said it was a fitting appreciation and a step in the right direction for those serving the nation.
“This is all the more so in view of the Lahad Datu intrusion,” he said in a statement.
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