Civil ser­vants duty-bound to re­main loyal to govt

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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

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