KUCHING: Civil servants in Sarawak will receive a “special incentive payment” of one month’s salary or a minimum of RM2,000 from the state government next month.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (pix) said this was in recognition and appreciation of civil servants who had contributed to Sarawak’s development and growth.
“This special incentive payment is also in view of the commendable financial performance and healthy financial position of the state, which is attributed to the committed service, prudent spending and discipline financial management of the civil service,” he said in his winding-up speech at the state assembly on Friday (Nov 17).
Abang Johari said the payment would involve an estimated sum of RM45mil for 22,549 people in the state civil service, including local authorities and statutory bodies.
“I trust that this special incentive payment will further motivate our civil service to continue with their excellent service delivery,” he added.
On another matter, Abang Johari said Sarawak would exert its mining rights by requiring Petronas to obtain the necessary licences and leases before it can operate in the state’s territory.
He said while the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) gave Petronas the right to explore and mine petroleum in Sarawak, the right to issue mining leases remained in the state list of the Federal Constitution.
“We are saying that even if the PDA has vested the rights to exploration and export of petroleum in Petronas by the Federal Government, it does not mean that Petronas has the right to simply enter into Sarawak territory, be it land or sea,” he said.
However, Abang Johari said this did not mean Sarawak was not friendly to the petroleum business in the state.
“We welcome the development of the petroleum industry in Sarawak. We have even set up Petroleum Sarawak Berhad or Petros to develop the petroleum industry in Sarawak.
“We have no intention of disrupting the normal business of the petroleum industry in Sarawak when we exert our mining rights under the Federal Constitution,” he said.
He added that the high-level special task force to be set up by the state government would look at ways and means to exert Sarawak’s rights over its natural resources as enshrined in the Federal Constitution and Malaysia Agreement.
“Having a line of communication with the Federal Government on our rights is only one of the ways. Doing whatever we can in Sarawak to exert our rights is another way.
“We shall have to put our heads together. In the words of my late predecessor Tan Sri Adenan Satem, all that we are doing here is to reclaim our rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and which have been encroached by the Federal authorities,” he said.