Thursday, August 11

Civil servants urged to maintain integrity

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KANGAR: The Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail urged civil servants to maintain integrity at all times in order to strengthen the civil service.

He said integrity would ensure that the civil service was respected and also prevent the three diseases which could damage it, namely corruption, information leaks and abuse of power.

“Don’t be a thorn in the flesh to the nation and the state,” he said while opening the northern zone 2013 Civil Servants Performance Transformation seminar at Politeknik Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin (PTSS), Pauh near here yesterday.

“The effectiveness of the civil service is not just about how well policies are implemented but also depends on the ability to communicate and handle the outcome of the policies,” he said.

He added that civil servants were the pulse and drivers of national development and the frontline transformation agents between the people and the government.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin noted that a transformation towards excellence required the civil servants themselves to transform the self, mind, attitude and behaviour.

“It will be difficult to see positive results without a transformation of the self because the old habits will reject changes for the better,” he added.

A total of 500 civil servants from Perlis, Kedah and Penang attended the one-day seminar organised by PTSS, Northern Region Institute of Public Administration and Perlis State Government Secretariat in conjunction with the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail’s 70th birthday.

Civil Service deputy director-general Datuk Dr Ismail Alias, Islamic Development Bank Malaysia Alumni president Datuk Dr Mohd Ghazali Md Noor and RKH Motivation & Services managing director and principal consultant Dr Robiah K Hamzah presented papers at the seminar.

Raja Puan Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil, Perlis Menteri Besar Azlan Man, State Government Secretary Datuk Azizan Hamid and PTSS director Saifullah Musa were also present at the function. — Bernama