‘Dis­abil­ity no ex­cuse to stop striv­ing to do better’

New Straits Times - - News -

PUTRAJAYA: Be­ing wheelchair­bound has not stopped Rahimah An­dun­gai from ex­e­cut­ing her du­ties as a Pub­lic Ser­vice De­part­ment ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant.

Her hard work paid off when she earned recog­ni­tion from the govern­ment.

Rahimah, 38, joined more than 800 re­cip­i­ents of the 2016 Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment Ex­cel­lent Ser­vice Award yes­ter­day.

“I keep a pos­i­tive out­look on things, es­pe­cially when it’s hard,” she said.

Rahimah said since she joined the civil sec­tor nine years ago, her su­pe­ri­ors and col­leagues had al­ways been sup­port­ive and as­sisted her.

“I love to come to work and look for­ward to start work­ing af­ter a long pub­lic holiday.”

De­spite her dis­abil­ity, Rahimah said she was ac­tive in sports and en­joyed play­ing tennis.

The Saba­han ad­vised other work­ers like her not to let their dis­abil­ity stop them from striv­ing to do better, and to never give up.

Rahimah said she ap­plied what she had learned in deal­ing with peo­ple who came to her de­part­ment for in­for­ma­tion.

“I am now pursuing a de­gree in Hu­man Re­sources be­cause I en­joy this field.”

Chief Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said the govern­ment had taken good care of its civil ser­vants, with con­tin­u­ous ef­forts to im­prove the civil sec­tor through emol­u­ments and in­cen­tives, in­clud­ing fast­track and time-based pro­mo­tion, wage equal­ity and hir­ing con­tract work­ers as per­ma­nent staff.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, when tabling the 2017 Bud­get, an­nounced in­cen­tives such as pro­vid­ing af­ford­able homes un­der the 1Malaysia Civil Ser­vant Hous­ing pro­gramme.

“No other coun­try in the world has given so much in­cen­tives or fa­cil­i­ties to the pub­lic ser­vice sec­tor staff,” Ali said.

He urged civil ser­vants to em­brace the prin­ci­ple of loy­alty to­wards the govern­ment.

He said the Ek­spresi Ne­garaku cam­paign, aimed at cul­ti­vat­ing love, loy­alty and pa­tri­o­tism among the peo­ple, should in­spire pub­lic ser­vants to have the same spirit when car­ry­ing out their du­ties.

BER­NAMA PIC

Chief Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa (sec­ond from right) with award re­cip­i­ent Rahimah An­dun­gai (cen­tre). With them are Prime Min­is­ter’s De­part­ment se­nior deputy sec­re­tary­gen­eral Tan Sri Oth­man Mah­mood (third from left) and Pub­lic Ser­vice De­part­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Seri Zainal Rahim Se­man (fourth from left).

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