Nazri explains pay increase for lower-grade officers

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A MINISTER in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri  Mohamed  Nazri Abdul Aziz, said the pay increase for civil servants would not result in lower-grade officers receiving better remuneration than those in the higher grade.

He said the existing salary structure in the civil service always ensured that those in the higher grade would receive more pay compared to those in the lower grade.

“This is because the determination of the salary structure and terms of service are based on the principles of remuneration that can function strategically and with flexibility,” he said in his written reply to Wee Choo Keong (Bebas-Wangsa Maju) at the dewan Rakyat sitting here yesterday.

Wee wanted to know the action taken by the government to address the glaring difference in pay and allowances between state civil service officers in the Cuepacs agreement which came into force in 2007 resulting in lower grade officers being paid higher than the senior officers which led to dissatisfaction and a drop in service efficiency.

In 2007, the government had given a pay rise of between 7.5 per cent and 35 per cent for civil servants.

The Support Group received the highest rate of increase at 25 per cent and 35 per cent.

Mohamed Nazri said the high percentage was aimed at raising the income of this group. — Bernama