— The Congress of the Union of Employees in the Public And Civil Services (CUEPACS) has urged that the Public Service Department (PSD) improve the police service scheme among the Orang Asli or the Senoi Praaq Unit of the General Operations Force (GOF).
Proposing a service salary scale starting at the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) level, CUEPACS President Adnan Mat said CUEPACS found that the existing service scheme was lagging in terms of salary compared to the extraordinary skills they had and risks they faced in performing their duties.
“They have very extraordinary skills, knowing the ins and outs of traveling in the forest, the skill of knowing the number of enemies just by looking at conditions of growths and animals that exist in the forest and other abilities.
“Let us not evaluate or recognise them only after they have died, let them enjoy a better scheme of service while they are still in service.
‘’This because they have already given their best to the country by guarding the borders which are always exposed to threats of danger,’’ he said.
He was speaking at a press conference which was also attended by the Royal Malaysian Police Junior Officer Association (PPRPD) president Sub Inspector Ayub Shafie.
Adnan said currently there were 862 members of Senoi Praaq serving in two battalions, namely PGA Battalion Three in Bidor and PGA Battalion 18 in Pengkalan Hulu, both in Perak.
On the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) revelation that only 0.01 per cent of the 1.6 million civil servants dared to report corruption in their respective departments and agencies, Adnan said it could be due to pressure that ultimately adversely impacted on whistle blowers.
He said various pressures were experienced by lower-level civil servants, including the possibility of being transferred, blocked promotions, difficulties in the work schedule and scope of work that might be changed from time to time after corruption complaints were made against certain department heads.
“CEUPACS takes note of this matter and will look at how the mechanism of each report made by each civil servant on the existence of corruption in his department (should be drafted), so that it does not affect the informant,” he said.
Adnan said the Corporate Liability Principles that encourage commercial organisations to take appropriate measures to ensure that businesses conducted are not involved in corrupt activities should be extended to public service departments and agencies.
Yesterday, MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Seri Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil said MACC’s data showed that only 342 civil servants came forward to provide information between 2012 and last year, a figure that was still low in efforts to realise zero corruption in the civil service.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency