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Patrolling civil servants get four hour break

KUANTAN, 29 Jan 2009: Civil servants who join the Volunteer Patrol Scheme (SRS) are allowed to clock-in four hours later the next day.

National Unity and National Integration director general (JPNIN) Datuk Azman Amin Hassan said the Public Service Department (JPA) had issued circulars on the matter to government departments and agencies effective 1 Jan.

“Those who join SRS patrols until early morning are allowed to start work four hours later. However, it is only allowed twice a month,” he told reporters at the department’s Chinese New Year function here today.

The flexibility was allowed as the government was sensitive to the welfare of civil servants who did patrolling to ensure public safety in Rukun Tetangga Areas (KRT).

“Without adequate rest, their quality and productivity will surely suffer,” he said.

Azman Amin said the department would also discuss the matter with private sector employers so that private sector employees who joined SRS would be given similar flexibility.

There are about 60,500 SRS members in 1,284 KRT nationwide. — Bernama


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