26 September 2023

MALAYSIA: Officers call for public sector law

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Malaysia’s Administrative and Diplomatic Officers’ Alumni Association (Alumni PTD) is urging the new Government of Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim to legislate a Public Services Act.

President of Alumni PTD, Abdul Halim Ali said such an Act would create a professional Public Service with a clear delineation of functions, power and authority between the Government and the bureaucracy.

“It is of vital importance to avoid any political interference in Public Service appointments, as well as in administrative and financial management, especially in the award of contracts,” Tan Sri Abdul Halim (pictured) said.

“Audit findings point to constant leakages and substantial losses incurred by the Government due to non-adherence to financial standard operating procedures as a result of such interference.”

Tan Sri Abdul Halim, who served as Chief Secretary to the Government from 1996 to 2001, said all Ministry Secretaries-General and Department heads must be allowed to perform their functions and fulfil their responsibilities without fear or favour.

“Alumni PTD also wants the Government to undertake a comprehensive institutional and organisational review of the Civil Service in light of rapid technological changes, the digital revolution and global mega-trends,” Tan Sri Abdul Halim said.

“Further, there is a need to review the remuneration and emolument packages for those in the Administration and the Public Service to ensure they are commensurate with the relevant jobs, qualifications and performance and yet, are affordable.”

The Alumni PTD has already recommended that every Public Servant take an Oath of Service as proof of their commitment towards good governance and integrity, and that both the Government and the Public Service be totally committed to fighting corruption – which was a serious concern among Malaysians.

Kuala Lumpur, 27 November 2022

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