AS FRUGAL DR M STAYS COY ON AMOUNT OF HARI RAYA BONUS, HIS SON MUKHRIZ ANNOUNCES AN EYE-POPPING RM1,000 PAYMENT FOR EACH KEDAH CIVIL SERVANT

THE Kedah government has approved a RM1,000 bonus for each of its civil servants in conjunction with next month’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir today said the bonus will be paid on May 30 to 4,711 state civil servants, including 316 contract and temporary officers.

He also reminded them to not lose their focus in carrying out their duties and responsibilities.

“I want to remind civil servants to be creative and critical in carrying out their duties and ensure that the civil service is not questioned, and to act fast in their duties, based on the principles of cleanliness, efficiency and trustworthiness,” he said.

PM confirms Raya bonus for civil service but mum on size

GEORGE TOWN — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad assured civil servants today that they should expect a bonus payment in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

He said the federal government will announce the size of the bonus soon.

“Yes, there is a bonus, we will announce it soon,” he told reporters briefly without elaborating.

Several state governments including Penang, Kedah and Melaka have declared a half-month bonus or a minimum of RM1,000 each for public workers in state agencies while the federal government has yet to do so.

Earlier, Dr Mahathir, who opened the National Teacher’s Day Celebration at Spice Arena here, said the federal government’s prioritisation of education was evidenced by the allocation of RM60.2 billion for the Education Ministry in the 2019 Budget.

He also noted that Malaysia was 19th out of 141 countries under Quality Education Index 2018 according to a World Economic Forum report.

“This achievement showed that Malaysia is on the right track to be recognised as a competitive and progressive nation in terms of education compared to other developed countries,” he said during his speech.

He also stressed on the importance of students mastering the English language.

“To encourage students to be bilingual, the ministry has launched two programmes, the Highly Immersive Programme and the Dual Language Programme,” he said.

He said the Highly Immersive Programme was implemented in 10,000 schools last year and this year, the programme will be expanded to all educational institutions under the ministry.

“The Dual Language Programme will give students a chance to learn Mathematics, Science, Information and Communication Technology and Design and Technology in English,” he said.

This year, he said the federal government also allocated RM652 million to upgrade and maintain the infrastructure for all schools nationwide. – malay mail

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