70% civil servants cannot afford to buy a house, says CUEPACS

KUALA LUMPUR MAY 13: Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (CUEPACS) expressed its regrets over the government’s decision for not allocating affordable houses for civil servants.

Its President, Datuk Azih Muda (pic middle) said about 60 to 70 percent of the civil servants including those from the statutory bodies could not own a house due to the high prices and the rising cost of living.

“We assumed the Ministry of Housing and Local Government has dismissed the union (CUEPACS) after it recently announced that there is no special allocation of affordable houses for civil servants.

“The decision that was made through the National Affordable Houses Policy (DRMM) should guarantee civil servants to own houses but instead a big number of them who are due to retire soon have no houses.

“CUEPACS was not invited by the secretary or the Ministry when the policy (DRMM) was formulated. The previous government had invited CUEPACS to participate at that stage but the Pakatan Harapan (PH) did not. Maybe they could have forgotten us,” said Azih at a press conference here today.

Up to date, CUEPACS’ memberships have reached almost one million.

The CUEPACS President said, he will write a letter to the Minister, Zuraida Kamaruddin shortly to request for the opinion and the criteria used by the government to the extent that civil servants have to share with the others.

He added, the affordable houses should range from RM80, 000 to RM150, 000 and not RM300, 000 that is beyond the means of civil servants as some of them earn as low as RM1,200 per month.

Azih was responding to Zuraida’s statement that 9,000 applicants for affordable houses from civil servants will be the first batch in the new implementation of DRMM and SPK this year.

In the statement Zuraida said, the decision has been made that there is no special allocation for civil servants following 38,000 units of affordable houses have been completed recently.

It is also said that the implementation of the new policy was due to the establishment of a new entity for Perbadanan PR1MA Malaysia (PR1MA); Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB); Uda Holdings Berhad; Projek Perumahan Rakyat Termiskin (PPRT) and Perumahan Penjawat Awam 1Malaysia(PPA1M) are being placed under one roof.

Meanwhile Aziz also hopes that there will be no political interventions in the implementation of government’s policy specifically from the political appointees.

He said the intervention will only slow down the work of civil servants whose responsibilities are to carry and implement the government’s policies.-Malaysia World News

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