PUTRAJAYA: The Government has identified 50 civil servants holding â€œsensitive postsâ€ for more than five years who will be transferred out.
Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said officers who were in charge of procurement, finance and awarding of contracts could only stay in that position for a maximum of five years.
â€œThis is in accordance with an existing government circular. We have identified 50 officers who will be moved around. Some will be transferred within their own ministries, while some to other agencies.
â€œYou cannot stay at a sensitive post for more than five years. They should be rotated,â€ Dr Ali told reporters after the award ceremony for star rating (SSR) on public sector agencies.
The transfers, which are ongoing, come after the Youth and Sports Ministry fund embezzlement case where a finance division officer was said to have pilfered some RM100m over a period of six years.
Dr Ali however clarified that the 50 officers were not being moved because they were suspects but only to adhere to the public service circular.
â€œThey are good officers. This is just in accordance with the circular.
â€œSome officers have been holding these sensitive posts for about 10 years,â€ said Dr Ali.
â€œWe do not want other civil servants to be put in the same light as the ones who were charged. Just because of one or two dishonest officers, I do not want the morale of other civil servants to be affected,â€ he added. On the forensic audit by the Auditor-Generalâ€™s Department conducted on the ministry following the scandal, Dr Ali said the findings and recommendations would be given to him by the end of April.
Dr Ali said one area to be improved was ensuring that ministry secretaries-general monitor payments and expenditures that have been approved.
The star rating system is a mechanism introduced by the Government to evaluate the performances of agencies in the public sector.
For the 2015 SSR Index, 42 agencies received five star ratings.
At the same event, Dr Ali also launched the â€˜Take A Break… Read! @ Putrajaya 2016: A Book Aliveâ€™ programme.
Organised by the Prime Ministerâ€™s Department, the programme was to encourage Malaysians to read and also get civil servants to donate books for schools and libraries.