Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has announced a half-month bonus, with a minimum of RM500, for civil servants as well as a special payment of RM500 for government pensioners.
In a statement Wednesday, Najib, who is also the Finance Minister, said payment would be made on Aug 9.
The bonus and special payment will benefit 1.27 million civil servants and 657,000 government pensioners, respectively.
Najib said the payments were being made in view of the financial capability and fiscal position of the government.
He said the payments would involve an estimated cost of RM2.2bil.
Najib said the bonus and special payment represented the Government's appreciation for all civil servants and pensioners.
"The Government always has deep concern for and gives much emphasis to the welfare of civil servants and government servants," he said.
Najib said he hoped that the payments would help the people make the necessary preparations to celebrate Aidilfitri.
He said the bonus for civil servants was also in appreciation of their contribution to and dedication in implementing the national development programme.