KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today announced a half-month bonus, with a minimum payment of RM500, for civil servants and a special payment of RM500 for government pensioners. The payments will be made on Aug 9, he said in a statement. 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 RM2.2 billion. The prime minister said the bonus and special payment represented the government's appreciation for all civil servants and government 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.