Sunday, June 19, 2016

Azmin, for Raya, wants to give State public servants 1 month plus bonus? What about other workers and the poor?

What about the poor, and all the other workers in Selangor who are in the private sector and are self-employed when Azmin Ali is only interested in giving public servants one month plus Hari Raya Bonus? This is also so unjust for the more highly paid workers, who maybe are earning RM10,000 a month gets an additional RM10,000 plus for Hari Raya, whilst the poorer public servant earning RM1,000 only gets RM1,000 plus. Is this justice? Well, the Menteri Besar and the ADUNs of Selangor, who are also all very high earning public servants, will be very happy because they may also be getting this 'Raya Bonus' ...note that even the Selangor Opposition (them BN MPs) are not complaining... 

Menteri Besar Azmin Ali today hinted that civil servants in Selangor will receive “a bigger bonus” this year as they had shown greater unity under his administration.

For Hari Raya, it would have been better if the Selangor government gave RM1,000 (or RM500) to the workers who are unemployed, recently retrenched, the poor, and those with income less than RM1,500...(In fact, for those unemployed - Selangor could easily help out with small monthly assistance for maybe until they find a new 'similar paying' job for a period of not more than 6 months)...and, guess what, Selangor has about RM4 billion...

The problem with the Selangor DAP-PAS-PKR coalition government under a PKR Menteri Besar, is that there is a confusion about what to do with government money. True, one of the objects is certainly to ensure that the Selangor government is debt-free - or that expenses are preferably not more than income.

The Gombak lawmaker revealed that Selangor’s reserves currently stood at RM4.1 billion. Last year, the state recorded reserves of RM3.3 billion.

The government's money is the people's money, and people want to help those in their community that really needs help...and, they expect government to do this, on behalf of the people...

What about public sports facilities...swimming pools, basketball courts, badminton courts,... What about playgrounds for the communities?

Government should be spending to help the people in Selangor...are the State roads (also roads in housing areas, kampungs, rural areas) upgraded or maintained - is Selangor upgrading tol free State roads? What about land for the poor in Selangor? Surely, there is a lot of things that Selangor could do with the RM4 billion plus...Governments in a democracy need not have such reserves - spend for the people...especially the poor... if you need money, the people are there...and taxes we pay daily and/or every year.

The people that needs most help are the poor, the unemployed and the marginalized... the person with an income of RM1,500 or less needs more help than a person with income of RM2,000 and more...

Najib and the BN government unfortunately do not understand this - so even for the BR1M, they give the same amount for all those who qualify - irrespective of whether they are really very poor or just qualified for the BR1M. I am of the opinion that those earning less than RM500 should receive more assistance than those earning RM3,000 - it must be a staggered response more for the poorer, and less for those who are less poor.

In my opinion, no need for Raya bonus for civil servants - just fair and just wages would be enough. As it is, the civil servants today have regular employment and their wages are so much better that many of the other workers in the State...

KUALA LUMPUR, 9 Jun — Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak semalam mengumumkan pemberian Bantuan Khas Kewangan RM500 kepada 1.6 juta penjawat awam sebagai persiapan menyambut Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Dalam kenyataan di sini, beliau berkata bantuan khas RM250 akan turut dinikmati 743,000 pesara kerajaan sebagai menghargai jasa perkhidmatan mereka.

The Kelantan government is giving special aid of RM500 each to state civil servants to help them with the Aidilfitri preparation...also planned to give special aid of RM250 to the “penghulu” (village heads) - FMT News, 16/6/2016

The Johor government has agreed to provide a special financial aid of RM500 each to all state civil servants in conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.  - New Straits Times, 19/6/2016

So, the Federal Government and some State government is giving RM500 as a Hari Raya gift to civil servants - but the problem with Selangor is that it plans to give 1 month plus salary, - is it fair? 

Maybe, Selangor should alternatively give the poor and all workers(including private sector workers) a RM500 Raya gift (but maybe only for those earning less than RM2,000) - or maybe, just bank it into their EPF accounts..

Surely, the Opposition Coalition government will be more just - and not just be interested in taking care of civil servants (public servants or public sector workers ONLY)..

Selangor MB hints at bigger Raya bonus for civil servants

Radzi Razak
 | June 17, 2016
Azmin Ali says last year, Selangor paid out a one-month bonus, but state reserves had expanded from RM3.3 billion last year to RM4.1 billion this year.

SUNGAI BESAR: Menteri Besar Azmin Ali today hinted that civil servants in Selangor will receive “a bigger bonus” this year as they had shown greater unity under his administration.

Speaking at an event at Masjid Ma’muniah, Sungai Nipah, here today, Azmin said due to the Sungai Besar polls tomorrow, he was unable to announce the exact amount but stressed it would be more than the sum handed out last year as the state coffers had increased its collection this year.

The Gombak lawmaker revealed that Selangor’s reserves currently stood at RM4.1 billion. Last year, the state recorded reserves of RM3.3 billion.

“The last time, we gave a month’s (bonus). This time, it cannot be a month’s (bonus) again.

“But I do not want to announce anything as I do not want to influence what happens tomorrow,” he told more than 500 people at a break-fast event a day before Sungai Besar voters choose their new MP.

Present were PAS candidate Dr Abd Rani Osman and Parti Ikatan Malaysia’s President Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir.

Azmin’s announcement of a Raya bonus came a day after PAS-led Kelantan said its civil servants would get RM500 in special aid.

The PKR deputy president also hit out at his critics who questioned his absence during the by-election campaign and accused him of only appearing during the tail-end.

“My team and I work seven days a week, almost 16 hours a day to build a strong foundation in Selangor.
“Whether there is an election or not, I will continue to work as this is the responsibility tasked to me.”

Azhar Abdul Shukur of PKR will be involved in a three-cornered fight against Rani and Barisan Nasional’s Budiman Mohd Zohdi.-FMT News, 17/6/2016

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