PUTRAJAYA: Civil servants should discharge their responsibilities as members of the civil service with undivided support to the government and country, based on their pledge of loyalty and integrity when they first joined the service.
Public Service Department (PSD) director-general Datuk Seri Zainal Rahim Seman said the “Aku Janji” pledge should serve as a reminder for civil servants to always remain loyal to Datuk Serithe Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the government and the country, as required under Regulation 4(1) of the Public officers regulations (Conduct and Discipline) 1993.
He said civil servants should appreciate the existing government for the various improvements it had made in the public service sector.
The government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, he said, had announced various benefits for civil servants, such as salary increase, promotion, implementation of special leave, leave for performing the umrah, maternity leave and the special payment of RM1,500.
“Malaysia is a country with very good planning and policies.
“We started with the five-year Malaysia Plan, encompassing the transformation framework initiative under the Government Transformation Programme and the Economic Transformation Programme, and have never left out the transformation of the civil service,” he told the media at a meeting at his office here.
Zainal said the Malaysia Plan was highly regarded and praised by other countries, which considered the five-year plan as being inclusive and holistic towards sustainable development and economic growth.
“Why do we have such a framework?It is because we want to mould the people into becoming responsible citizens.
“We have to remember that we play two roles, first as members of the civil service and secondly as citizens of the country.
“As citizens, we want a government that has given us something, like education, financed by the government, and facilities financed by the government.
“So, we have to be sincere and be grateful for what we have obtained today,” he said, adding that the government always strived to do the best for the people.
Although some quarters have different opinions, he said, civil servants should think of the efforts made by the government in ensuring the interests of the people were protected.
“For the past 60 years, we’ve upheld our independence with pride. In 1511, we were colonised. When we got our independence in 1957, our leaders drew up the five-year plans.
“Today, the country has proven successful, with our economic growth at an average of 5.9 per cent. Do we want to destroy it in the blink of an eye?
“Our children and grandchildren, and their grandchildren need a country. So what are we going to leave them with? Don’t destroy the country’s future,” he said.
On the issue of integrity and corruption among civil servants, Zainal called on members of the public service to make integrity, honesty and sincerity as the pillars of their self-development and personality, as well as to reject corruption in order to have a professional and dynamic service.
“Corruption and power abuse give a very negative implication of oneself, family and the society. So, whatever the rules, civil servants have to hold on to the principles of sincerity, honesty, prudence, integrity and caring.”
On the chances of graduates joining the public service sector, Zainal said there were opportunities for fresh graduates as nearly 40,000 government employees retired every year.
“This indirectly means that every year, there is new recruitment of staff to serve with the government.”
He said every year, there were people resigning, asked to resign early due to ill health and deaths. But the civil service strength at 1.6 million employees needs to be maintained with replacements.
“So, the perception by some quarters that the government no longer takes in new staff is a lie since every year, there is an intake into the government service. – Bernama