Thursday, 12 January 2012

Cabinet agrees to review SBPA

PUTRAJAYA: The controversial Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA) will be reviewed to resolve matters raised by certain quarters pertaining to its implementation.
The decision was made at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
He added that the decision was made following discussions with Cuepacs.

“The review does not cover the decision to extend the civil service retirement age to 60,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Sidek Hassan had been tasked with determining the mechanism to carry out the review.
“We hope that the review will be accepted by all parties,” said Najib, adding that a statement on the matter would be issued soon.
The scheme had met strong opposition from groups including Cuepacs, which among others opposed the idea of having chief executive officers from the private sector appointed as secretaries- general of civil service to give the Government a corporate outlook.
Although Cuepacs had accepted the new remuneration scheme after it managed to secure agreement from the Public Service Department (PSD) to meet several of its demands, the group stressed that it would continue to negotiate “problematic terms” under the scheme even after the civil servants had signed up.
The PSD had agreed to extend the deadline for the return of the option form to Sunday.


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