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Malaysian govt officials to fly business class again next month

The Star/ANN | Saturday, Jun 21, 2014

SEREMBAN - Government department heads and high-ranking officers travelling for official work are expected to fly business class again next month.

The Government is expected to reinstate the eligibility of civil servants in the Jusa C category to fly business class from July 1 following a Cabinet decision last week.

The move, said a source, would indirectly benefit national carrier Malaysia Airlines, the main airline used by civil servants.

"The Government will reinstate the privilege as these civil servants are in senior positions and have always been flying business class. After all, they should be entitled to this as they are on official duty," said the source.

Those in the Jusa C category are department heads as well as those holding Grade 54 positions and above.

On Dec 30 last year, the Government decided that civil servants in the Jusa C category and below would no longer be entitled to fly business class when on domestic official duty.

They are only entitled to economy class travel, which was among the 11 measures announced by the Government then to reduce costs.

Other measures were cutting the entertainment and toll allowances of ministers and deputy ministers and reducing the supply of food and drinks for all official events.

Entertainment allowances for public sector super scale officers - such as ministry secretary-generals - in the Jusa C category and above were also cut by between 5 per cent and 10 per cent.

All government premises such as ministries, departments and agencies were also told to reduce their electricity bills by 5 per cent.

It is also learnt that the Government was mulling over the possibility of reinstating some of the measures announced previously, including the toll payment facility for civil servants in the Jusa C category and above, which was cut by 30 per cent or between RM50 (S$20) and RM100.

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