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Ahmed Syahril Zulkeply
Some civil servants are apparently seeing massive amounts being deducted from their salaries to pay back their Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) student loans. They are said to be scared to reveal themselves for fear of disciplinary action.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 24, 2015:
The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) yesterday revealed that nearly 3,000 civil servants had their salaries cut between 30% and 100% to service their Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) student loans.
This was revealed by Cuepacs president Datuk Azih Muda who told The Rakyat Post that the excessive deductions were a burden on civil servants and should not have been carried out.
“They should have deducted the salaries according to their ability to pay.
“Deducting RM100 per month for 10 years for example … not like this where they’re left just RM19. How are people supposed to eat?
“It’s no surprise why this issue has spread so quickly till it went viral on the Internet because almost 3,000 people have experienced such deductions,” he said when contacted yesterday.
However, according to Azih, the civil servants who experienced these huge deductions had declined to have their identities revealed for fear of disciplinary action.
Meanwhile, National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Datuk Lok Yim Pheng said the union became aware of the matter after receiving complaints regarding the hefty salary deductions.
She, too, could not reveal the identity of the civil servant involved.
“I am unable to reveal the names or phone number of those involved as they themselves are not ready to give statements.
“If I were to share the details, it would be dangerous for them as they could face disciplinary action,” she said when contacted.