Ismail heads team to look into controversial remuneration scheme

On January 14, 2012, in In The News

A special task force headed by former Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam has been formed to review the controversial Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA).

Other members comprise officials from the JPA, Attorney-General’s Chambers and Finance Ministry. Cuepacs president Datuk Omar Osman has also been named a member.

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan said the task force had been given two months to study all issues pertaining to the scheme.

“They have until April 16 to submit their proposals to the Government.

“The task force will hold consultations and discussions with relevant parties including workers’ unions,” he said here yesterday.

Mohd Sidek said those who wanted to raise issues with the task force had until Feb 15 to do so.

He said they could send letters to Datuk Farida Mohd Ali, Timba- lan Ketua Pengarah Perkhidmatan Awam, Jabatan Perkhidmatan A-wam, Aras 13, Blok C1, Kompleks C, Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan, 62510 Putrajaya or e-mail

Mohd Sidek said those who had already opted for the new scheme would continue to enjoy its benefits.

However, he said, those who have opted against it can rethink their decision as a new option form will be available after the review.

“The Government guarantees that the review will not amend the terms and conditions attached to the scheme or cause it to become less favourable to its participants in terms of services and benefits,” he said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Thursday announced the Cabinet had decided that a review of the scheme was needed following discussions with Cuepacs.

The review, however, does not cover the decision to extend the civil service retirement age to 60 and will continue to be enforced from Jan 1.

The Government had earlier agreed to Cuepacs request for a reduction of the marks required during the annual appraisal from 75% to 65% for a salary increase.

Marks for the exit policy were also reduced from 70% to 60% and the duration extended to 12 months from six months.

- The Star -


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