New Malaysian govt keen on friendly re­la­tions with Kuwait

Min­istry keen on en­sur­ing work­ers treated fairly

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

PUTRAJAYA, July 12, (Agen­cies): The newly ap­pointed Malaysian For­eign Min­is­ter Saif Al-Deen Ab­dul­lah said Thurs­day that his coun­try is keen on con­tin­u­ing friendly re­la­tions with Kuwait as well as the rest of Mid­dle East coun­tries and the Is­lamic world. On the side­lines of a Min­is­te­rial cel­e­bra­tion, Ab­dul­lah told KUNA that he hopes for more co­op­er­a­tion and friendly re­la­tions be­tween the new Malaysian govern­ment and other world coun­tries.

On his part, Kuwait’s Am­bas­sador to Malaysia Saad Al-Asousi deemed Kuwaiti-Malaysian re­la­tions as strong and ever-grow­ing, af­firm­ing that Kuwait is keen to de­velop bi­lat­eral ties. The Em­bassy of Kuwait in Malaysia has also been keen on ini­ti­at­ing di­a­logue with the new Malaysian govern­ment, es­pe­cially the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, Al-Asousi said.

The Am­bas­sador con­veyed Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah’s con­grat­u­la­tions to the newly ap­pointed Min­is­ter and wished him good luck with his new job role. Am­bas­sador Al-Asousi also de­liv­ered a cable from Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled wel­com­ing the Malaysian min­is­ter to visit Kuwait to dis­cuss bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

The Am­bas­sador con­grat­u­lated the newly ap­pointed Malaysian Am­bas­sador in Kuwait Mo­ham­mad Ali Suli­mat and wish­ing him all the best in his new job role.

Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion Un­der­sec­re­tary Tareq Al-Muzrim is­sued a com­mu­niqué on the of­fi­cial work­ing hours in the min­istry – seven hours daily from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm, re­ports AlJari­dah daily quot­ing sources.

Through the com­mu­niqué, the un­der­sec­re­tary urged all work­ers to fully abide by the rules and reg­u­la­tions. He also in­structed the as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­taries and di­rec­tors to pre­pare a sched­ule for those as­signed in cer­tain jobs and sub­mit their tim­ings to the Ad­min­is­tra­tion Af­fairs De­part­ment, sources re­vealed.

This move is in con­cur­rence with the di­rec­tives is­sued by the Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (CSC), stat­ing the cri­te­ria and prin­ci­ples for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the fin­ger­print at­ten­dance sys­tem which should be ap­plied on all em­ploy­ees in the pub­lic sec­tor.

Sources af­firmed the min­istry is keen on en­sur­ing that the work­ers are treated fairly, es­pe­cially af­ter link­ing the fin­ger­print at­ten­dance sys­tem with bonuses granted to de­serv­ing em­ploy­ees.

While em­pha­sis is put on daily at­ten­dance as per the of­fi­cial work­ing hours spec­i­fied by the CSC, it should be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion that a large num­ber of em­ploy­ees in the min­istry work un­der dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances and con­di­tions com­pared to those as­signed in other govern­ment in­sti­tu­tions. The min­istry’s lead­er­ship has ad­dressed con­cerned author­ity to spec­ify the tim­ing and mech­a­nism to mon­i­tor the at­ten­dance of work­ers, the source ex­plained.

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