Govt to im­prove re­cruit­ment process of civil ser­vants

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To re­duce graft cases among civil ser­vants, Chief Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said re­cruit­ment process in hir­ing them would be im­proved to weed out bad hats from en­ter­ing the work­force.

Among the ar­eas that could be re­viewed was the fil­tra­tion process for can­di­dates when­ever there is va­cancy to en­sure only those with high in­tegrity would be fill­ing the rel­e­vant posts.

“We al­ready have a fil­tra­tion process in place, but, per­haps, it could be im­proved.

“There are cases where work­ers would be in­volved with graft only af­ter few years of work­ing and not im­me­di­ately af­ter join­ing the govern­ment work­force.

“The in­tegrity unit in min­istries and govern­ment agen­cies should also play an ac­tive role in cre­at­ing aware­ness among civil ser­vants to per­form their du­ties with in­tegrity.”

Ali was re­spond­ing to a re­port on Tues­day, where 46 per cent out of 414 peo­ple de­tained by the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) for var­i­ous of­fences were civil ser­vants.

He said al­though graft ac­tiv­ity among civil ser­vants could still be con­tained, it was vi­tal for ev­ery­one to play their roles in com­bat­ing it.

“I can’t say that this is a huge prob­lem, but at the same time, we can­not side­line this is­sue.

“We would like to bring the num­ber of graft cases to zero.

“We un­der­stand it is a com­pli­cated process to weed out graft en­tirely, but we must ad­dress it head-on,” he said af­ter visit­ing the re­fur­bished block of the SJK (T) Jalan Fletcher here.

Cuepacs pres­i­dent Datuk Azih Muda, who sup­ported Ali’s state­ment, said the re­cruit­ment process should be re­viewed to en­sure only those who were “clean” and se­ri­ous about be­com­ing a civil ser­vant would ap­ply. “Per­haps, the govern­ment could also look into ap­pli­cants’ his­tory with their uni­ver­si­ties to check if they were in­volved in im­moral ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Civil ser­vants should also be re­quired to at­tend reg­u­lar work­shops and sem­i­nars on re­li­gion and work ethics.

“It shouldn’t be a one-off thing as some ser­vants only dared to be in­volved with graft sev­eral years af­ter work­ing.”

In Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment in charge of gov­er­nance, in­tegrity and hu­man rights, Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan, said guide­lines and in­struc­tions would be pre­pared on spon­sor­ships by the pri­vate sec­tor for civil ser­vants to curb con­flicts of in­ter­est.

He said the govern­ment has ac­knowl­edged the need to look into is­sues of spon­sor­ship for tech­ni­cal eval­u­a­tion abroad as high­lighted by MACC.

MACC had pre­vi­ously raised con­cerns over civil ser­vants play­ing golf abroad un­der the spon­sor­ship of the pri­vate sec­tor.

Re­cently, the com­mis­sion de­tained a min­istry sec­re­tary-gen­eral with the ti­tle “Datuk”, who played golf over­seas, to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­leged bribery and abuse of power.

“That why it is im­por­tant for us to ac­knowl­edge this.

“We have to look at the con­flicts of in­ter­est and the guide­lines, to be pre­pared by the In­tegrity and Gov­er­nance Com­mit­tee un­der the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment and Pub­lic Ser­vice Depart­ment, will guide us.

“The mat­ter has al­ready been dis­cussed with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers,” Low said af­ter at­tend­ing the 2017 na­tional-level In­tegrity and Gov­er­nance Com­mit­tee Meet­ing yes­ter­day.

He cited the study tour by govern­ment of­fi­cers to “sur­vey” med­i­cal equip­ment, de­vices or medicines, which was fully paid by the sup­pli­ers, as con­sti­tut­ing a con­flict of in­ter­est.

“We have al­ready iden­ti­fied the prob­lems... we want to stop that.”

Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa

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