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Cuepacs Urges Government To Provide Life Insurance For Civil Servants

KOTA BAHARU, July 22 (Bernama) -- The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has requested the government to implement life insurance schemes for civil servants in law enforcement agencies.

Its president Datuk Omar Osman said these government employees were currently not protected by life insurance which could help them should any untoward incident occur.

"It's really sad when a worker is involved in an accident or sustains injuries on the job and they are not compensated for it.

"This is why we ask the government, through the Public Service Department (PSD), to consider providing life insurance for the staff of enforcement agencies like the Road Transport Department, Immigration and the local authorities."

He said this after launching the Young Generation Leadership Seminar/Workshop organised by the Amalgamated National Union Of Local Authority Employees (Anulae), here, today, which was also attended by Anulae president Azih Muda.

Omar was commenting on an incident involving Hulu Selangor District Council enforcement officer, G. Sivarajah, 24, who fractured his leg when an angry durian seller rammed into him with a vehicle after his goods were seized in a raid yesterday.

He said government employees were not covered by any life insurance at the moment except for compensation from the Social Security Organisation (Socso) in case of incapacitation as a result of accidents while on duty.

Omar said Cuepacs regarded this matter seriously as those affected were not high-income earners who could afford to pay for the insurance themselves.

"This is for the welfare of civil servants and I hope the government through the PSD and department heads can cooperate with Cuepacs to make this happen," he added.

Meanwhile, Cuepacs is asking the PSD to revise the grade of government agency directors in each state as some were graded lower, which did not commensurate with their amount of work.

"They should at least be at Grade 54 or JUSA C and above, but what we see are directors who are at Grade 48 but have a heavier workload," Omar said.



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