CONSUMERIST: PUBLIC SECTOR 40% SALARY PAYOUT WILL HURT OTHERS!

Dato Jacob George

‘But one must remember that if you think the 40% jump is a ‘quick fix’ to escalating cost of goods and services, one is sadly mistaken and gravely misinformed, as prices will immediately skyrocket, the movement the official confirmation comes and before Malaysian consumers in the public sector cashes out their cheques!

You do not need our spin masters in the civil service or PEMANDU to tell you that the pay increases will buffer the civil servants for a spell but remember it will hurt the private sector employees hard and worst to be hit, will be those who eke out a living and are now striving hard to make ends meet!’ – Dr Jacob George

CONSUMERIST: PUBLIC SECTOR 40% SALARY PAYOUT WILL HURT OTHERS!

The Country’s next General election must be near, very near indeed!

I am certain Malaysia’s over stocked civil service are overly excited of the rumor that Putrajaya is to implement a new pay scheme for them which will see salaries jump by 40 per cent?

I am curious where the said monies are coming from?

Is it from our EPF after forcing those reaching 55 the next few months from not withdrawing their saving having made a decision to retire gracefully at 55 instead of over staying their welcome as politicians do?

If this is not again a populist policy switch which paves the way to bankruptcy, then I do not know what is?

For all the claims of transformation spins and the various spending in the millions related to it things at the civil service is not only sluggish, it is overly bloated and immobile!

The bureaucracy, aided and abetted by little Napoleons and Cleopatra’s even a low grade personal assistant to a director can manipulate and do disservice in decision making as I found out the other day when I called a PA to one of  the nations’ top civil servants not to curry favor or ask for project like many do but to brief him on a matter which will hit the news and for the group to brief him so that he could be well versed with the matter if asked by journalist post ceremonies!

The PA kept stone walling me!

And as expected when he was asked the question he made a serious error that earned him brickbats as his comments not only was carried here but by the international media!

Secondly, if the 40% materializes and certainly it would as it follows the ‘I help you and you help me philosophy’ of the present administration prior to GE13 very late or early next year?

But one must remember that if you think the 40% jump is a quick fix to escalating cost of goods and services one is sadly mistaken and gravely misinformed as prices will immediately skyrocket the movement the official confirmation comes and before Malaysian consumers in the public sector cash out their cheques!

You do not need our spin masters in the civil service to tell you that the pay increases will buffer the civil servants for a spell but remember it will hurt the private sector employees hard and worst to be hit, will be those who eke out a living and are now striving hard to make ends meet!

That includes not just the unemployed, the poor, the marginalized, the single parents, mothers, the special cases, it also includes the retired and even those professionals who are caught in a downward spiral and debt trap!

And certainly no thanks to those whom we call our politicians who are so obsessed to retain power ‘at any cost’ – with ‘lies, fabrication. abuse, double speak, flip flops’, religious and minority bashing’ – that they cannot see or feel reason!

And now, our final hope to those who face financial hurdles to utilize their savings at the EPF put in jeopardy if the government unilaterally decides to prevent those wanting to opt out of service when they hit 55 and withdraw their savings to pay off creditors!

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