PETALING JAYA: A total of 1.6 million civil servants will receive a special payment of RM500, while one million pensioners will receive RM250 from the Government on Monday.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak took to Twitter on Sunday to announce the good news.
"God willing, the government will give special payment amounting to RM500 to 1.6 million civil servants and RM250 to government pensioners tomorrow as promised in #Bajet2016 (Budget 2016)," he tweeted.
A Public Service Department (PSD) circular on Sunday said the special payment would be given to all civil servants who served in 2015.
"(It) is on condition the employee had served at least 30 consecutive days, including all types of leave with fully and partially paid leave, weekly rest days, weekly holidays and public holidays from Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2015," it said.
Civil servants appointed permanently, temporary, contract of service, interim teachers and those who went on half pay leave are eligible for the special payment.
The payout to civil servants and retirees will involve an allocation of close to RM1bil as announced by Najib in the tabling of Budget 2016 on Oct 23 last year.
Civil servants are also set to receive several other incentives under Budget 2016.
With an allocation of RM1.1bil, a salary adjustment equivalent to one annual increment according to grade will benefit the 1.6 million civil servants.
They will also have a minimum starting salary of RM1,200 a month, and a minimum pension rate of RM950 a month for pensioners with at least 25 years of service.
Contract service officers with at least 15 years of service will also be offered permanent posts.
There will also be an upgrading of 252 service schemes which will benefit 406,000 civil servants.
These measures are set to be implemented on July 1 at a total cost of RM1.4bil.
Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda thanked the Government for the special payment.
"Civil servants have been waiting for this special payment as it can reduce their financial burden. We urge civil servants to use the special payment wisely," he said when contacted by Bernama.