Prime Minister Najib Razak wants the Malaysian civil service to push itself to the limit or beyond the limit, and to reject the mediocrity of being easily satisfied with “more or less” or “okay”.
Admitting that he would not be able to be an effective prime minister without an effective civil service, Najib said he wanted creative and innovative solutions to achieve the targeted quantum leap for the country.
“If we can do something collectively, the output will definitely be bigger, encompassing and more meaningful.
“We must always look for innovative and creative solutions,” he said at a National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue session with civil servants, in Putrajaya, today.
The dialogue went on in a packed hall with the attendance of about 1,300 civil servants and conducted by the Chief Secretary to the Government, Ali Hamsa.
Citing the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC), the prime minister said the initiative was a creative solution to give the best services to the public, besides building a competitive spirit among the government departments and agencies under one roof.
“The UTC is recognised worldwide and no countries have been able to do the UTC like Malaysia does.
“The UTC is awesome, as the productivity increases as there are departments side by side and there are various departments under one roof, hence creating a sense of competition,” he said.
Najib hoped the civil service would not resist change so that Malaysia would not be left behind.
He said among a host of creative initiatives was the Uber service which started with only two cars in San Francisco, United States but which now had three million vehicles operating daily in scores of countries with returns amounting to over US$62 billion. – Bernama