The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (CUEPACS) will submit a proposal on a new remuneration system for civil servants to the government at the end of the year. CUEPACS, president, Datuk Azih Muda said the proposal would provide a clear path for career development for civil servants, including salary based on academic qualifications and on improving the welfare of retirees.

“The SSM (Malaysian Remuneration System) has been introduced 16 years ago when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed was the fourth Prime Minister. A new remuneration system needs to be introduced to provide for a clear path for career development,” he told reporters in Miri after a briefing on retirement organised by CUEPACS and the Retirement Fund Inc. (KWAP). Datuk Azih added that the SSM that was introduced in 2002 needed to be improved in line with current development, such as the academic qualifications for civil servants in PT3 which required only Standard Six qualification.