‘IN­TEGRITY IS­SUES UN­DER CONTROL’

Action will be taken against staff who slip up, says Ali Hamsa

New Straits Times - - News -

AZURA ABAS PUTRAJAYA news@nst.com.my

ALTHOUGH in­tegrity is­sues still ex­ist in the civil ser­vice, Chief Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said it was un­der control.

He said ef­forts were be­ing made to raise the aware­ness among pub­lic ser­vants through var­i­ous pro­grammes.

“I can’t say it is a big prob­lem, but I can’t say there is no such prob­lem, ei­ther.

“If civil ser­vants slip up, action will be taken against them. It is a man­age­able prob­lem that can be con­trolled.

“The MACC (Malaysian An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion) has been car­ry­ing out their du­ties to mon­i­tor civil ser­vants,” he said at the 2016 Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Ex­cel­lent Ser­vice Awards here, yes­ter­day.

Ali said in­tegrity is­sues in­volved both govern­ment of­fi­cers and their staff.

He said the ar­rests by MACC should serve as a re­minder to civil ser­vants to up­hold in­tegrity.

Congress of Unions of Em­ploy­ees in the Pub­lic and Civil Ser­vices pres­i­dent Datuk Azih Muda said the num­ber of civil ser­vants with in­tegrity is­sues was small.

“The ma­jor­ity of those in the civil ser­vice sec­tor are solid and up­stand­ing peo­ple.

“There must be a strong sense of dis­ci­pline and sin­cer­ity among civil ser­vants when ex­e­cut­ing their du­ties. They must know what is right and wrong. For Mus­lims, we be­lieve our ac­tions will be judged by God.”

MACC had de­clared 2017 as the year it would fo­cus on the civil and bank­ing sec­tors, and govern­ment-linked com­pa­nies.

MACC deputy com­mis­sioner Datuk Azam Baki said the agency had given it­self three years to clean up the civil ser­vice.

As many as 665 in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­pers were opened from 2016 to Fe­bru­ary in­volv­ing civil ser­vants, with 548 govern­ment work­ers ar­rested and 63 cases brought to court.

On the ex­e­cu­tion of govern­ment projects, Ali said he was not in­ter­ested to en­ter­tain ex­cuses of slow ex­e­cu­tion of such projects.

He said while wait­ing for the bud­get to carry out projects, those in­volved should use that pe­riod to com­plete their plan­ning.

“One should not give the ex­cuse that they need more time to plan things out af­ter they have re­ceived the project al­lo­ca­tion.”

Ali said he was op­ti­mistic with the smooth ex­e­cu­tion of govern­ment projects, with no de­lays re­ported so far.

He urged de­part­ment heads to go to the ground and check on those man­ning the coun­ters and those in charge of in­ven­tory so that they would have a better pic­ture of the sta­tus of the project.

PIC BY AH­MAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR

Chief Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa with re­cip­i­ents of the 2016 Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Ex­cel­lent Ser­vice Awards in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

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