Ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors pledge to im­prove per­for­mance

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JO­HOR BARU: Jo­hor state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors yes­ter­day pledged to im­prove their per­for­mance af­ter get­ting their an­nual “re­port card” dur­ing the 2017 Jo­hor Exco Away Day.

The an­nual event is a unique one-day con­fer­ence. In its third year, the con­fer­ence is mainly to dis­sem­i­nate information about the state’s progress and pub­lic ini­tia­tives.

State Hous­ing and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man

Datuk Md Jais Sar­day, who pre- vi­ously held the ed­u­ca­tion, in­for- ma­tion, en­tre­pre­neur de­velop- ment and co­op­er­a­tives port­fo­lio, said he would im­prove on where he failed ac­cord­ing to his key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors (KPIs) last year.

Jais, who took over the hous­ing and lo­cal gov­ern­ment port­fo­lio two months ago, said the KPI sys­tem had al­lowed him to iden­tify where he failed, as­sert­ing it was not an “ex­am­i­na­tion” and was in­tended to en­cour­age good gov­er­nance.

State Unity and Hu­man Re­sources Com­mit­tee chair­man R. Vidyanathan said that de­spite some un­ful­filled com­po­nents in the 15 KPIs he set out for him­self last year, he was con­fi­dent he could re­solve them this year.

“Long-term plans are be­ing made to en­sure all ini­tia­tives un­der my port­fo­lio will con­tinue to be car­ried out ef­fi­ciently,” he said.

He said a chal­lenge he faced was to bring in pro­grammes to the state as many as­pects of his port­fo­lio in­volved fed­eral-level de­part­ments.

Jo­hor PKR vice-chair­man Jimmy Puah Wee Tse urged Menteri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Khaled Nordin to en­sure ca­pa­ble peo­ple were run­ning the state gov­ern­ment.

He said if there were those who failed to reach the bare min­i­mum ex­pec­ta­tion, the Jo­hor gov­ern­ment must con­sider chang­ing them or at least shift­ing their port­fo­lios.

“I think the KPI is just one way of eval­u­at­ing per­for­mance.

“There are many more ways to as­sess an ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor’s per­for­mance that may be more sub­jec­tive rather than ob­jec­tive, as seen in quan­ti­ta­tive-based KPI,” said Puah, who is also Bukit Batu as­sem­bly­man.

He said the fact that seven out of the nine ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors ob­tained sat­is­fac­tory scores in last year’s KPI showed the state gov­ern­ment may be fac­ing a trust deficit is­sue.

“To be fair to them, I do not know the com­po­nents of their KPIs.

“But all things be­ing equal, I think the gov­ern­ment is fac­ing a trust deficit is­sue now with one ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lor (Datuk Abd Latif Bandi) be­ing forced to re­sign over the prop­erty cor­rup­tion is­sue and now two ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil­lors have failed to meet their KPIs,” he said.

Datuk Md Jais Sar­day

R. Vidyanathan

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