(4 February 2002)

KOTA KINABALU: A substantial number of Federal civil servants want to return to Peninsular
Malaysia following the proposal to cut their housing subsidy by 48 percent.

Many of them are applying for a transfer back to Peninsular Malaysia, Gaya Member of Parliament
Datuk Yong Teck Lee said yesterday.

However, Yong, a former Chief Minister, was unable to give a figure on those seeking the transfer.

He said on the Federal government should consider reviewing the proposal of the Public Services
Department to cut the subsidy.

Yong, who is also the president of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP). a component member of the
ruling Sabah Barisan Nasional, was speaking to the media at Gaya Street, here, yesterday.

Recently, the Federal Secretary to the State Government Datuk Sulaiman Ibrahim said 10,000
Federal staff are serving in Sabah.

A term of PSD senior officers came here to discuss the matter with representatives of Federal
departments, recently and had promised that the department would study the proposal.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok had also that the Federal
governments would look into the matter seriously.

Yong said if the Federal governments aim was reduce expenditure due to financial constraints,
a gradual implementation of the proposal should be considered because it could affect the medical

He said the teaching sector might not be adversely affected as many locals have the necessary
qualifications to replace teachers from peninsula.

Federal personnel serving in the State are enjoying housing subsidy of between RM1,000 and
RM1,500 every month.

Datuk Yong Teck Lee
Member of Parliament for P150 Gaya / State Assemblyman for N13 Likas






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