KUALA LUMPUR: Civil servants are required to undergo and pass security screening either before or after being confirmed in the service, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.
In a written reply in the Dewan Rakyat today, Azalina said the vetting of civil servants had been executed in accordance with Article 80 of the Security Regulation issued by the Chief Security Officer’s office.
“Security vetting is carried out to check the background of civil servants to ensure they are free of criminal records, security records, drug abuse and free and clear of subversive elements, espionage and sabotage,” she said.
He was replying to Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali (BN-Bagan Serai) who asked the prime minister to state whether the government planned to give a second chance and vet the existing civil servants to prevent the leaking of information.
Azalina said the vetting process comprised two types, namely coarse and fine to vet civil servants who are required to see matters classified as confidential, secret and top secret.
“Repeated security vetting can be conducted on civil servants at any time based on the needs of the service and other purposes such as promotions and placements of officers in certain positions,” he said.