Special payment of RM500 for civil servants in Sabah

MOHD IZHAM UNNIP ABDULLAH and AVILA GERALDINE

KOTA KINABALU: The state government today announced a special payment of RM500 to civil servants in Sabah, which will be paid in December. In tabling the 2019 state budget, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the special payment was a form of appreciation to the civil servants in Sabah for assisting the government to administrate, manage and deliver services to the people. “In line with the federal government’s announcement, the state government has also agreed to give a special payment of RM500 to all public servants,” he said. Shafie also announced an allocation of RM9.56 million for scholarship to encourage civil servants to pursue higher learning or enrol in short course at prestigious learning centres such as Cambridge University and Oxford University in the United Kingdom as well as Harvard University in the United States. The state government has also increased allocation for Scholarships, Bursaries and Financial Assistance for students by RM15 million to RM52 million next year as compared to RM37 million in year 2018. Shafie said Yayasan Sabah would also continue providing the RM10 million one off assistance allocated for students this year, with the amount to be increased depending on the foundation’s performance. The 2019 budget also set aside RM5 million special allocation to assist in the development of hill paddy sector and improve livelihoods of the rural folks in Ranau, Tambunan, Keningau, Kota Belud, Sipitang, Pitas, and Kota Marudu. Meanwhile, the state opposition chief Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said not much changes were introduced in the 2019 state budget as compared to the budget tabled by the previous government. “However, we will study the budget first before making a clear assessment. At the moment, I don’t see anything that can be proud of,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd