Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has outlined six philosophies that the civil service should embody for the realisation of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50). The six philosophies embodies the principles of loyalty and allegiance; a work culture ‘beyond the norm’; the fourth industrial revolution and digital economy; and par excellence worldly life and afterlife. Addressing more than 5,000 civil servants in Kuala Lumpur, he said in order for the civil service to move forward in the quest for a brighter and superior civilisation, it could not merely remain nostalgic and rely on past performance. He said the first philosophy was instrumental in building the Malaysian nation; more so would it be in the next 30 years towards TN50.

He added that under philosophy of 2017 as the year of delivery, the civil service should be invaluable to the people and ensure that all planned projects, initiatives and aid reached the latter. He said that in strengthening and empowering the civil service, the focus must be on people and inclusivity with the participation of the communities, and par excellence work culture and services, as well as noble values to uphold organisational integrity.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also said that several good news and improvements for civil servants will be announced in the 2018 Budget to be tabled on October 23. He said that the government, especially during the past eight years, had implemented various initiatives and improvements for the benefits and welfare of the civil servants. These included raising the salaries of civil servants by between seven to 13 per cent in 2012, increasing the minimum pension from RM720 to RM820 for those serving for 25 years or more in 2012, fixing the minimum pay from RM832 to RM1,200 per month beginning July 2016 and giving an annual salary movement of three per cent annually for officers who had reached the maximum salary, he said. The government had also implemented improvements in terms of the welfare of civil servants, Datuk Seri Najib said. They included raising the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) by RM50 per month in 2012 for civil servants residing in suburban areas and increasing the Housing Allowance to RM300 per month in 2015, he said.