A need to cut down on civil ser­vants: MPC

> Re­duc­tion will bring down coun­try’s op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture – an im­por­tant in­di­ca­tor for com­pet­i­tive­ness in the global arena

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPEAK UP - BY LEE WENG KHUEN

PETAL­ING JAYA: There is an ur­gency to cut the num­ber of civil ser­vants in the coun­try to bring down the coun­try’s op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture, which is an im­por­tant in­di­ca­tor when it comes to com­pet­i­tive­ness in the global arena, said Malaysia Pro­duc­tiv­ity Corp (MPC) di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Mohd Razali Hussain.

“We’re tar­get­ing bud­get deficit of 3% of GDP (gross do­mes­tic prod­uct), we’re do­ing the right thing. Cut­ting it down (will make us ) be­come more ef­fi­cient and it will push our pro­duc­tiv­ity,” he told a press con­fer­ence here yes­ter­day.

How­ever, Razali de­clined to com­ment on how many civil ser­vants should be cut.

“It de­pends on which area, we can­not com­ment on a whole,” he said.

Un­der the op­er­at­ing ex­pen­di­ture of RM214.8 bil­lion an­nounced in Bud­get 2017 last Fri­day, RM77.4 bil­lion was al­lo­cated for emol­u­ment spend­ing. Malaysia’s civil ser­vice em­ploys 1.6 mil­lion peo­ple.

MPC, a statu­tory body un­der the Min­istry of In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try, is tasked to pro­vide val­ueadded in­for­ma­tion on pro­duc­tiv­ity, qual­ity, com­pet­i­tive­ness and best prac­tices through re­search and data­bases.

Razali high­lighted that Malaysia needs to adopt a lean man­age­ment strat­egy to fur­ther im­prove the process and cut down the num­ber of peo­ple han­dling it.

“It’s be­cause more peo­ple are han­dling it (pro­cesses), it will be ex­posed to cor­rup­tion. Too much fo­cus has been given on the ap­proval ap­pli­ca­tion, but not much is be­ing done to make sure that it is done right,” he said.

Razali also noted that more peo­ple have to be put in place to en­sure that the ac­tual busi­ness oper­a­tions are checked prop­erly.

“The process has to be re­viewed ev­ery five years to make it more ef­fec­tive,” he opined.

To in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity, Razali said Malaysia needs ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion from both pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors.

“It’s not just about the pri­vate sec­tor be­ing more ef­fi­cient, the pub­lic sec­tor also needs to fa­cil­i­tate the process of do­ing busi­ness.

“In a coun­try like Canada, they’ve an in­di­ca­tor called par­tic­i­pat­ing rate (which will see) how good is the par­tic­i­pa­tion in all the ini­tia­tives. You need par­tic­i­pa­tion from peo­ple not just in terms of im­ple­men­ta­tion, but also peo­ple re­spond­ing to it. Then we can im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity,” he ex­plained.

Com­ment­ing on Bud­get 2017, Razali ap­plauded the mea­sures an­nounced by the govern­ment, which will help im­prove the in­di­ca­tors in the coun­try’s com­pet­i­tive­ness re­port.

“How we can im­ple­ment it speed­ily with less bud­get to ac­com­plish this. That also helps com­pet­i­tive­ness. We need col­lab­o­ra­tion from ev­ery­one, be it pri­vate sec­tor, min­istries or Pe­mu­dah (The Spe­cial Task Force to Fa­cil­i­tate Busi­ness) to make sure the mea­sures are im­ple­mented ef­fi­ciently,” he added.

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