Civil servants duty-bound to remain loyal to govt
KUALA LUMPUR: Civil servants, especially teachers, are duty-bound to abide by the General Orders and remain loyal to the government, said Umno Youth vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun yesterday.
He said while the government did not force civil servants to vote for the ruling Barisan Nasional, there were a set of rules that had to be adhered to by those working in the public sector.
“If it is proven that civil servants, including teachers, had blindly attacked the government and made the people hate the government, then it is considered sabotage,” he said during a press conference here yesterday.
Khairul was commenting on the five teachers who were issued show-cause letters for appearing on stage at an opposition party’s gathering and openly condemning the government recently.
Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid was quoted as saying that the teachers would be given a chance to explain their actions.
Khairul also supported Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s Twitter statement on Monday, where the latter said it was a cardinal principle for the civil service to support and serve the government of the day.
Khairul cited a paragraph from the General Orders, which stated that a civil servant must, at all times, remain loyal to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the country and the government.
“A civil servant cannot set aside his responsibilities for the sake of his own interests, or act in a manner that goes against his duties.”
Khairul urged civil servants, especially teachers, to promote good policies and programmes by the government.
“If there are weaknesses (in the policies), use the right channel (to voice your views). Don’t simply bash and demonise (the government).” He said civil servants should not admonish the government in public, as they were on the government’s payroll.
He said similarly, in the private sector, any employee who was found to have damaged his company’s image was subject to disciplinary action by his employer.
On a separate matter, Khairul said the opposition was confused and could barely answer questions asked in Parliament.
“Just look at the Pandan member of parliament, Rafizi Ramli, who was unable to answer a question in Parliament. Instead, he accused Media Prima of spinning.
“But, in fact, some time ago, he made various allegations that he had proof of Tun Dr Mahathir’s children’s wealth.
“What Rafizi is doing, as though he is a whistle-blower, is a political stunt.
“He should be questioning Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is facing court charges, but he is not.”
Khairul Azwan Harun