NEWS that the Government may announce an extension of civil servants’ retirement age to 60 years is making the rounds again.
Civil servants, especially those who are still healthy and who are still eager to serve, are hoping that this will come true.
There are several advantages to raising the retirement age of civil servants. What is important for the Government to consider, apart from the economic implications, is that the average life-span of Malaysians has risen to 73 years.
Retiring off a healthy, active and a productive civil servant early is a waste of human talent and may contribute to other social implications. It is only logical and wise to consider raising the retirement age of civil servants under the circumstances.
I notice that many civil servants who have retired at age 58 are still active and healthy. Such civil servants, if allowed to stay on for another two years or so, would benefit the organisation and country as a whole.
Many countries have found the advantages of having a mature workforce. It is time Malaysia tapped the talents of these experienced workers.
However, those who are not performing to expectation and with disciplinary problems should be shown the door and not allowed to have their retirement age extended.
Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad initiated the momentum of raising civil servants’ retirement age from 55 to 56. This rhythm was followed by Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when he announced that it has been risen to 58.
Can current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak cap it at 60.