New Malaysian govt keen on friendly relations with Kuwait
Ministry keen on ensuring workers treated fairly
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.