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Bonus for Sarawak civil servants only at year-end, says premier

Abang Johari Openg says financial aid will not be given according to festive seasons including Aidilfitri.

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People stroll about at the Waterfront near the state legislative assembly building in Kuching, Sarawak.
People stroll about at the Waterfront near the state legislative assembly building in Kuching, Sarawak.

The Sarawak government’s financial aid or bonus payments for civil servants will only be disbursed at the end of the year, Sarawak Premier Abang Johari Openg says.

He said the financial aid would not be given according to festive seasons, including the upcoming Aidilfitri.

"Sarawak is a state that celebrates many festivals such as Chinese New Year, Gawai and Aidilfitri, and we have to be fair to all.

"So we will disburse the (financial aid and bonus) payments at the end of the year so as to help parents make the necessary preparations for the new school session. 

"That is more important, that’s why I give the bonus at the end of the year," he said after an event in Gedong today.

When tabling the state’s budget for 2023 at the state assembly sitting on Dec 1 last year, Abang Johari announced a special incentive of 1.5-month's salary or a minimum of RM2,000 for the state’s civil servants.

He also announced a special incentive of RM500 for approximately 137,000 federal civil servants in the state. The payments of all the incentives were disbursed before the end of last year.

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