Ali Hamsa to hold talks with Cuepacs on raising mandatory retirement age

Ahmad Fairuz Othman

SHANGHAI: The government plans to hold talks with the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) soon on the suggestion to raise the mandatory retirement age.

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said the discussion will be conducted soonest possible. He was responding to recent suggestions to raise the mandatory retirement age.

Ali said the implication of such a suggestion has to be carefully studied beforehand as it is likely to affect the overall structure of the country’s workforce.

“For example, if we raise (the mandatory retirement age) by two years, it could mean that there will be no new intakes in those two years.

“This could also mean the opportunity to get a promotion is impeded. Matters such as these will be discussed with Cuepacs,” said Ali, who was part of a Malaysian investment mission delegation to Shanghai.

On April 8, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the government is not planning to up the mandatory retirement age despite receiving suggestions to increase it to 65 from the current 60.

On July 20 last year, Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda had called for the basic retirement age of 60 years to be extended to 62 years, in preparation for the country to become a developed nation and be competitive globally and on par with other developed countries.