KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 – The Congress of the Union of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has called on the government to immediately develop the National Stress Management Policy.
CUEPACS president Azih Muda said that the policy is needed to safeguard the welfare of civil servants, specifically for their mental health.
“The results of studies by several universities and independent bodies have found that over 400,000 civil servants in the country face stress caused by various factors such as work environment, directives given by employers, financial costs or workload,” Azih Muda said, according to Bernama.
“This will be detrimental to the civil service system itself… so Cuepacs hopes the government will immediately formulate the policy because when that happens, only then do we know how our Public Service Counselling Associates (Akrab) and counsellors will ensure their employees are given proper counselling,” he added.
CUEPACS has had several talks with the Public Service Department previously in 2018, regarding the policy.