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PETALING JAYA: A former minister has questioned the rationale behind Cuepacs’ recent call for a deferment of repayments for housing loans taken by civil servants.

Rafidah Aziz, who was trade and industry minister until 2008, said she could not see any need to give financial assistance to people receiving their regular income.

“What we need to do is zero in on people who have been retrenched and people who have lost their earnings,” she told FMT.

In making the deferment request to the government and the Public Sector Home Financing Board last Thursday, Cuepacs president Adnan Mat said half of the spouses of civil servants were in the private sector, running small businesses or were full-time housewives and that some had lost their jobs or had suffered reductions in income.

He said the deferment should be granted to all civil servants.

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