Sunday, April 4, 2010

Support government for high-income economy

The productivity rate of the civil service is claimed to be way below the private sector. The salary can be increased provided they think rationally and change their mindsets to increase productivity besides support the government of the day.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said, Civil servants’ salary can be adjusted upwards provided the 1.2 million government employees increase their productivity and support government initiatives to transform Malaysia into a high-income economy.

He said that as long as productivity goes up, their wages would be adjusted in tandem with a stronger economy.

“Their wages will be adjusted as we go along. What is important is that economy gets stronger, government revenue gets stronger,” he said.

He also stressed on the importance of implementing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as one of the ways to boost government revenue.

“That is why GST is important. People want higher wages but not willing to support GST. I need the support of the 1.2 million government employees. If you want to be paid better in the future, I have to strengthen the government’s revenue base because otherwise, where do I get the money to pay government servants?” he asked.

He said that by getting the support of all civil servants, it would enable the government to work out better deals for the people.

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