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Monday, May 21, 2007

Pay raise and election


I wonder...

Today's News Straits Times mentioned of Work Minister, Samy Vellu, giving 150 years warranty for the Parliament building. If something happens 80 years from now, I wonder how are we going to claim from him? Or maybe he's also going to break the oldest person record?


It was announced today that civil servants will be getting a pay raise of between 7% - 30% effective July 2007. I think this is really great news for the civil servants who at times have to sacrifice so much for so little. COLA will also be increased. And for our underpaid heroes, the raise is even more! What more can we ask for, right?

Over the weekend, the Singaporean movie 'I not Stupid' was shown on the local TV. In one scene, the parents of one of the boys were so delighted after hearing news that the Singaporean government announced some bonus (or some kind of reward, I can't remember). Then both parents looked at each other and said that its probably election time.

Take a look at this post and tell me... Coincidence or its election time again?

Oh ya... The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) hit a record high early this month... ;)

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On 5/22/2007 09:01:00 AM Blogger Taikor said:
The election will be held either at the end of this year of next year. So, it's highly possible the pay rise was timed to influence the people's heart and mind.

On the one hand, the pay rise is a good thing, much needed by the people, and on the other hand, it's being manipulated by the very institution that keep denying them their demands until recently.
On 5/22/2007 08:13:00 PM Blogger adriantai said:
more details were announced yesterday (today's paper). not bad... i guess a lot of civil servants will be smiling come july. i just hope service also improve.

as for being manipulated... well, everyone's been given a brain and heart... lets just hope they're used properly.

having said that, i have something to blog about regarding the political situation in Malaysia... save that for another time la... :)
On 5/31/2007 03:13:00 AM Blogger Phenom said:
Yo bro, I think they are taking the queue from sg... u know about the 25% minister salary increment thing rite? The excuse "civil servants pay is lower than market". The outcome, no one gets anything except the ministers.
On 6/01/2007 09:32:00 AM Anonymous sweet said:
Newspaper misleading! Say that some civil servants living at or below poverty line, and dun bother to inform what are the fixed "allowances" they get in addition to their income and COLA. I did some research, clerks in govt service will, with the increase in salary and COLA, in addition to housing allowance and civil service allowance, get about RM1,400 a month. So, where got poverty? heck, graduates starting salary 1.6k-2k! go figure. want to increase oso do gradual increase la, not one big bang! companies are going to sweat now. they just opened the flood gate.
On 6/06/2007 09:30:00 AM Blogger adriantai said:
sweet, the funny thing about the COLA scheme is graduates working in CITY like KL get bigger COLA. one one hand, govt complain no one wants to be based in rural areas... any wonder why?!? but yes, I know COLA stands for Cost Of Living Allowance. maybe should do a way with this and give a Posting Allowance instead. you get posted to a not so desired location, you get better allowance. :)


but i have to say its not really true that a clerk will get about rm1400... unless the clerk's been working for many, many years... else they still just barely touch the rm1k mark.

as for the 'big bang' increase, its normal since the last time civil servants got such 'revision' was many, many years ago. govt cannot afford to do small revision over a few years as people will then get impression and expect a small revision. and we all know, that's even more dangerous. coz if it becomes an expectation and one year there is no 'revision'... havoc! :)
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