Call on government to keep abreast with changing times and raise the retirement
age for civil servants to 60 years
(Ipoh, Sunday): The announcement that
the Government has agreed in principle to extend the retirement age for
civil servants from 55 to 56 is a great disappointment.
Media Comment at the "New
Deal For Mother-Tongue Education in Eighth Malaysia Plan - Tamil Education"
by Lim Kit Siang
DAP calls on the government to keep abreast with changing times and
raise the retirement age for civil servants to 60 years.
The Barisan Alternative in its common manifesto, Towards A Just
Malaysia, had proposed increasing the retirement age to 60 years for the
public sector consistent with the improvement of health and life span.
The arguments for raising the retirement age of civil servants
to 60 include:
the present retirement age of 55 is relatively a young age and the experience
of the officers should not go to waste and they should be retained
for a longer period.
a better life expectancy (72 years for women and 69 for men) and improved
health facilities available allowed employees in general to work beyond
55. At 55 years, people are not only physically fit and mentally alert
but are at the prime of their working lives.
the retirement age for civil servants in most other countries had been
increased in the past decade. Civil servants in Scandinavian countries
retire at 67 and at 62 in the United States. The retirement age in Asian
countries have also been raised: Singapore (62), Thailand (60) and India
the retirement age of 55 was introduced in the colonial times by the British
in the 1950s.
Ever since independence, the Constitution provides that the compulsory
retirement age for judges is 65. If judges can function effectively
up to the age of 65 there is no reason why civil servants cannot do so
up to the age of 60.
*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman