Civil Servants Enjoying Benefits Of Reforms

KOTA KINABALU: A reform of the civil service in Sabah has enabled government officers to enjoy the same pay grade as their counterparts in the peninsula.

Caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said this had led to the promotion of nearly 500 government officers in the state.

“This has never happened before,” he said, before adding, “previously there was a congestion at the top because (their services) were extended.”

“So our policy is that we will not extend except for certain reasons.

“The department heads have been promoted to Jusa (Super Scale) B. (Besides that) several district officers have been promoted to Jusa C, as well as permanent secretaries, also to Jusa C.

“Their salaries are higher than the YBs. Not only that, we incentivise them, I wanted to mix this promotion with exposure to knowledge.

“We sent (some) to the United Kingdom to study administration. This year I was supposed to send some to Canada to learn about state and federal governance.

“This is because relations between states and the federal government in Canada are solid and I wanted to create such a relationship between the state and the central government in our country.”

Shafie said this to reporters after handing over native land titles in Kudat today.

Earlier in his speech, he said Sabah government officers were like “clerks” when going for meetings in Kuala Lumpur before, adding their counterparts in the peninsula had a higher pay grade.

Towards this end, he said the Warisan-led government, through its state civil service reform, had allocated RM30 million for the purpose of allowing government officers to continue their studies abroad including in Cambridge University to aid their promotion.

“I said if people retire, then do so and give others a chance.

“Previously, they did not send our officers (abroad) for (the purpose of) promotions.

“Pity our officers (because) when they went for meetings in KL before, they were seated in one table with other officers who were of high ranks but their grades were only that of clerks,” Shafie said.