Civil servants get pay cut for Disaster Trust Account

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

UP TO 800,000 civil servants will get a pay cut — based on their grades — to contribute to the Disaster Trust Account in solidarity with civil workers who have been affected by the Movement Control Order.

Some 5% of fixed overtime remuneration received by public servants in the management and grades 44 to 56 and RM10 out of each fixed public service remuneration for grades 29 to 41 will be contributed to the account, estimated to be worth RM30 million.

Chief Secretary to the Goverment Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali said these contributions will be excluding frontliners and civil servants from grades 1 to 28.

“The prime minister also announced that each minister and deputy minister will not take salaries for a period of three months as a sign of concern and contributing to the effort.

“As a manifestation of solidarity, the fixed remuneration for civil servants will be contributed into the account for three months as well,” he said in a statement.

He added that a circular letter and details of the implementation will be issued soon.

“We understand civil servants in particular have always been the backbone behind the government in an effort to balance life and living.

“This contribution is a sign of the togetherness of the civil servants who support the government’s efforts to combat and curb the infection in our country,” he said.

Previously, there were various initiatives that were announced to strengthen the national health system, provide additional assistance to citizens and businesses affected, as well as the Strategic Programme for Empowering the People and Economy Plus worth RM40 billion.