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Allow exit policy for better service, Ramon tells Cuepacs

Source: The Star
Date: 20 December 2011

PETALING JAYA: Cuepacs should not insist on the withdrawal of the exit policy under the Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA), said former senior civil servant Tan Sri Dr Ramon Navaratnam.

Dr Navaratnam, who is also chairman of the Asli Centre for Public Policy Studies, said this would ensure a more effective delivery of service to the public.

“While the public, who pay taxes to provide for the salaries of civil servants, are generally prepared to accept a more equitable and competitive remuneration, they expect a more productive and efficient force who can deliver the Government’s promise of ‘People First, Performance Now’,” said Dr Navaratnam here yesterday.

He was responding to Cuepacs’ five demands after the Government asked it to change its stance on advising civil servants to not sign offer letters under the scheme.

Under the new scheme, non-performing staff will be asked to leave if they fail to achieve more than 70 points in their annual assessment for three consecutive years.

The other conditions set by the congress are: an extension of deadline for the return of the signed letters beyond Dec 30, an explanation of the proposed 7% to 13% salary adjustment, improvement to the pay grades not benefiting under the new scheme and for the inclusion of negotiation rights.

Cuepacs president Datuk Omar Osman had said that it was willing to negotiate if the Public Service Department reviewed these conditions, claming that it was not consulted over the salary adjustments.

Dr Navaratnam also urged the Government to take heed of Cuepacs’ request for consultation regarding the scheme as it would affect the vote swing from the 1.2 million civil servants in the country.

“The absence of necessary and adequate consultations goes against the very grain of good governance and transformation policy that the Government is trying so hard to promote,” Dr Navaratnam said

He urged the Government to extend the deadline for the acceptance of the new scheme to facilitate its negotiation process with Cue­pacs.

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