Budget 2008 : Civil servants take Budget news in their stride

Civil servants take Budget news in their stride

NO bonus for civil servants was announced, and this was possibly the only dampener for many of them.

Yet, there were those like teacher Tan Chin Chin, 47, who took things in their stride, saying that they could not “ask for too much.”

“We were given salary increments just a few months ago,” she added.

That aside, Tan said she did expect an extension of the retirement age to be announced, saying her husband, Customs officer See Zoo Thai, was already 53.

See saw things in a positive light and was diplomatic, saying that civil servants had received much good news this year.

“So it is understandable if there is none (no bonus),” he added.

Health Ministry officer Zalekha Mohd Tahir, 45, said her family would have to adjust their spending for Hari Raya.

“The increment was long overdue, but a bonus would have been extra,” she said.

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