Non-Pensionable Veterans To Get RM300 Per Month
It has just been announced that non-pensionable veterans from the age of 60 onwards will soon benefit from the Cost of Living Aid program (BSH). Up to RM300 per month will be extended to these veterans from September 2023 onwards.
Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali said the proposal to extend the aid to non-pensionable veterans from the age of 60 was agreed at the Cabinet Committee on Public Service Reform meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“This BSH extension will benefit a total of 41,970 non-pensionable veterans with an additional financial implication of RM151.1 million per year,” he said in a statement, Bernama reported.
More cash payouts to civil servants, government pensioners
In addition to this, Mohd Zuki also mentioned that the government had previously announced special appreciation aid of RM300 for civil servants and RM200 for government pensioners. Both of these are to be paid on 10 August 2023.
Previously, the BSH cash aid programme had been renamed to Sumbangan Tunai Rahmah (STR). This name change happened when the new coalition government led by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim won the elections at the end of 2022.
This year, civil servants had enjoyed a special extra increment of RM100 to their salaries, up to RM700 in Aidilfitri Special Financial Assistance. There was also an additional RM700 for the 2023 Special Financial Assistance.
The meeting which was held on 7 August discussed matters involving improvement and welfare of civil servants, especially the status of the review of the remuneration scheme.
Mohd Zuki said the study would cover the overall aspects of public service namely remuneration, organisational development and talent management to ensure the welfare and well-being of civil servants.
“For starters, this study will emphasise the sustainability of civil servants’ remuneration to ensure that wages, salaries and allowances commensurate with responsibilities and in line with the increase in the cost of living,” he said.
It has been quite some time since the Public Service Remuneration Scheme has been reviewed, with the last time being in 2001. The last review of the salary scheme was conducted in 2013.