ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
No plan to raise Malaysian government retirement
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said a decision on the matter could only be made after an in-depth study, including the impact on job opportunities for school-leavers and college and university graduates as well as the human resource demand in certain sectors of the public service.
To a question on whether raising the retirement age could prevent young employees in the public sector from switching to the private sector, Mohamed Nazri said this could be overcome through a salary revision by the government from time to time as well as other incentives to ensure that the public sector salaries remained competitive.
"For example, the current salaries of graduate officers are better than those offered by the private sector," he said, adding that other advantages were the time-based promotion, such as for academics, and promotion based on expertise such as for lecturers, medical officers and researchers.
Last month, Cuepacs President Omar Osman asked the government to raise the retirement age from 58 to 60 for the 1.2 million civil servants to match the practice in some other countries in the region.
He had said that Malaysia was lagging behind countries such as Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand where the retirement age was between 60 and 62.
The retirement age of Malaysian public employees had been raised twice so far, the first time in 2001, from 55 to 56, and then in 2008, to 58. Nevertheless, civil servants can opt to retire at age 55 or 56.
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