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Civil Servants Are Most Front-line Agent Of Transformation - Najib

Posted: 01 May 2016 02:53 AM PDT

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today said that civil servants were the most front-line agent of transformation between the people and the government.

As such, he said civil servants should continue striving to ensure that the transformation process would run smoothly to turn Malaysia into a fully-developed and high income nation by 2020.

"The challenge for civil servants is huge and they constantly become the people's focus of attention in ensuring that all the government's policies are being implemented in the best possible manner," he said at the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services' (Cuepacs) Labour Day celebration here today.

His speech text was read by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

Najib said civil servant should also be grateful because even during the global economic uncertainties, the government was still able to continue the perks and benefit accorded to civil servants without any salary deduction.

"This shows that the government has always protected the interests of civil servants and is concerned about their wellbeing," he said.

Najib said the welfare and wellbeing of 1.6 million civil servants in the country would remain a priority to the government.

In fact, he said in the 2016 Budget, various allocations were given to matters related to civil servants, including a special aid of RM500; salary increment on July 1; minimum wage of RM1200; minimum pension of RM950; and increase in individual tax relief.

"These allocations have benefited 1.6 million civil servants and they all came from a government which has always put the interests of the people first," he said.

Meanwhile, in a bid to ensure that civil servants would be able to own their dream house, Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said that the government had allocated RM1.6 billion to the 1Malaysia People Housing Project (PRIMA) to build 175,000 houses which to be sold at a price 20 per cent lower than the market price.

Besides, the prime minister said the government had allocated RM200 million to Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) to build 20,000 people-friendly homes with a subsidy of RM20,000 per unit and another RM200 million allocation for the first home deposit funding scheme.

The celebration was also attended by Public Service director-general Tan Sri Zabidi Zainal, Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda and civil servants from various departments and agencies.

#PRNSarawak : Crowd thins when Guan Eng slams Adenan

Posted: 01 May 2016 01:52 AM PDT

The crowd at a DAP ceramah here started to thin Saturday night shortly after Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng began criticising his Sarawak counterpart Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

About 200 of the 1,000-strong crowd at the open-air ceramah began to leave when Lim slammed Adenan for limiting his stay in Sarawak.

The number of people leaving was noticeable because they had to move their cars parked along the service road adjacent to the busy Jalan Tun Jugah in Kuching city.

Lim told the crowd that he is a Chief Minister and Adenan should not restrict his stay in Sarawak and accused him of abusing the state's autonomy powers.

Lim implied that Adenan was being hypocritical by asking him to write in and appeal for an extension.

He has to leave the state by May 5, two days before Sarawakians go to the polls.

The DAP secretary-general, who was scheduled to speak at 10pm, arrived after 11pm.

He claimed he was delayed at the state immigration for 20 minutes because the officers could not locate the stamp.

Ahmad Razif stays on as Terengganu Mentri Besar

Posted: 01 May 2016 12:49 AM PDT

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today announced that Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman will remain as Terengganu Menteri Besar.

Najib said he had had an audience with Sultan Mizan Zanal Abidin yesterday to discuss the issue concerning the menteri besar's post and it was concluded in the meeting that Ahmad Razif shall remain as Menteri Besar and that he would resume his duties as usual.

"With the announcement, I hope there will be no more questions and speculations about his (Ahmad Razif) post, and I consider this issue resolved," he told reporters after launching the 2016 National Labour Day celebration at the Putra World Trade Centre here today.

When asked about Ahmad Razif's stripped state titles, the prime minister said: "It's the Sultan's right, I will not interfere in that."

Sultan Mizan stripped all titles awarded to Ahmad Razif effective Friday April 22.

Ahmad Razif was bestowed the Darjah Dato' Paduka Mahkota Terengganu Kehormat (DPMT), which carries the title 'Datuk', in 2012 and the Seri Setia Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin (SSMZ), which carries the title 'Datuk Seri', in April 2015.

Ahmad Razif, who is the state assemblyman for Seberang Takir, was sworn in as the Menteri Besar of Terengganu on May 12, 2014, to replace Datuk Seri Ahmad Said.

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