Hari Raya Bonus for State civil servants. Private?
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman has announced the annual incentive and performance special payment of a half-month or minimum RM500 to 19,191 State public service personnel this year.
Emulating the Federal Government, the move would cost the State Government about RM16.2 million. The payment would be made before Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.
Musa, who is also State Finance Minister, said the special payment was in appreciation of the contribution and dedication of the State civil service members in making the development programmes and agendas for the people a success.
It is also to assist lessen some of their burden in facing increasing cost of living, he said in a statement, Saturday.
Meanwhile, he said the month of Ramadhan is a time for Muslims to engage in more spiritual activities and strengthen unity among fellow Muslims.
He said Ramadhan was the right time for Muslims to close ranks, come together and contribute to society by assisting those who are not so fortunate like orphans, the elderly and single mothers.
“We understand that during festivities like Hari Raya Aidilfitri, living expenses go up. People need to prepare for the celebration…buy food, new clothes and related items,” said Musa, when handing out asistance to some 400 eligible recipients at Kg Sungai Padas.
Musa said the BN government in general, and Umno in particular, was sensitive to the plight of the people and would whenever possible assist the people especially the less fortunate.
He also said that in terms of development, the BN government did not only develop infrastructure such as roads, ellectricity and water supply, but also made efforts to build spiritual and recreational facilities such as mosques and multipurpose halls respectively.
“We adopt such an approach to encourage the people especially our youths to engage in healthy activities and not be drawn into negative elements su h as drugs and crime,” he said.
He also advised parents to monitor the activities of their children and ensure that their studies were not neglected, adding that making such an effort was crucial to the future of the young generation in this country.
“Education is the key and this message must be driven home especially to rural folks.
You can’t take education for granted,” he said.
He said the BN government was well aware of this and hence decided to develop the Education Hub in Sandakan as means to provide accessible and affordable higher education to our local youths.
He said once completed and operational, parents should take advantage of the facilities and various institutions and encouraged their children to pursue tertiary education at the Hub.
Earlier, Musa also handed out assistance to some 200 recipients comprising mostly orphans at Kg Sungai Daling. Among those present were Beluran MP, Datuk Jusli Ajirol, Gum-Gum, Sekong and Bugaya assemblymen, Datuk Zakaria Idris, Datuk Samsudin Yahya and Datuk Ramli Maharaban and Senate Deputy Speaker Datuk Armani Mahiruddin.
Sources: Daily Express
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