PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants the public sector in the country to become a fully professional service without political inclination.
He said this will enable civil servants to support and translate the aspirations of the government chosen by the people.
“This is a noble principle if we were to be successful all the time.
“Regardless of our personal opinion, we must strongly uphold a totally professional public service,” he said in his speech at the Public Services Commission (PSC) dinner, here tonight.
Also present are the Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan and PSC Chairman Tan Sri Jamaluddin Ahmad Damanhuri.
Najib said civil servants must be bold in coming forward to bring transformation to the government in order to turn Malaysia into a modern nation.
He said transformation did not mean an increase in the Gross Domestic product (GDP) but in terms of the various aspects of life of the people who were more mature, more educated and with stronger values.
“We are now living in the 21st century which is more challenging compared to the past. We are facing new competitors in the country.
“We are also facing new demands from the society who are better educated and expect higher aspirations from the government,” he said.
The Prime Minister also wants the public sector to be more prepared in facing the current challenges which were more complex and facing competition from countries which were formerly closed but were now adopting a more open attitude.
At the same time, he wants officers to be more bold in making decisions and discharge their responsibilities quickly without sacrificing service quality.
“Quick does not mean hasty but swiftly and correctly. I have heard in the past that if the public wanted something immediately, our response was to say no.
“If they want, let them make an appeal, but now, this method is no longer suitable because the people have higher aspirations, they want the government to give feedback,” he said.
At the dinner, Najib also handed the MS ISO 9001:2008 SPA Certificate and launched the Commission's Recruitment By Profiling Method (MyRecruitment). — Bernama