30 May 2007

Listen to the people, civil servants told

The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Civil servants must listen to the people’s views on their service and serve with integrity, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan said.

He said they should strive for continuous improvement and not be satisfied with the current level of performance, although considered good.

“My hope is that all civil servants will give their best,” he said in an interview on the Isu Semasa Khas live talk show on RTM1 on Monday night.

The show, which was moderated by Datuk Johan Jaafar, touched on various issues concerning the civil service following the recent announcement of a pay increase for public sector employees.

Mohd Sidek told civil servants to constantly remind themselves that their responsibilities were also their duty to God.

“Every month we are paid a salary for our service. We should do our jobs efficiently and with integrity,” he said.

He said the changing environment required civil servants to be technology-savvy to enhance the delivery system.

On the effectiveness of the service delivery, he said the people could evaluate this by looking at the country’s development over the last 50 years, which in a large part was due to the public sector’s contributions.

He said the public sector’s clients were not only the country’s 27 million people but also people from other countries. – Bernama

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