KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government will make a RM500 special payment to civil servants in the state in January next year, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
He said the payment was to encourage department heads and civil servants to work harder to improve the quality of service to the people.
“This special payment is in line with the federal government’s announcement in 2020 Budget,” he said when tabling the 2020 State Budget in the State Legislative Assembly here today.
Mohd Shafie said in recognition of the service and dedication of the department heads and officials as well as civil servants in carrying out various plans, the state government would consider the proposal to gradually raise the grade of department heads.
“The gradual increase will be implemented beginning the middle of 2020, depending on the state’s financial position,” he said.