PUTRAJAYA: Discipline, integrity, strong sense of responsibility and ability to uphold secrecy are required of public servants in carrying out their tasks honestly and transparently.
Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa who listed these desired attributes, said public service which was always close to the people should be seen as clean and which made integrity a core matter.
“Excellence is not measured just by the work targets achieved but also by a clean administration with a high level of integrity,” he said in his speech in conjunction with the Prime Minister’s Department’s (JPM) Excellent Service Awards 2015 presentation, here, today.
His speech text was read out by Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal, who represented him at the event.
Ali reminded public servants to focus on efforts towards a better-quality, more efficient, transparent and effective service delivery, and which prioritised the clients and public.
“Those employees who practise an excellent work culture are valuable assets towards creating a productive and high-quality public service,” he said.
Ali also said that JPM as a benchmark department in the support service delivery system and best governance in the public sector should be the prime mover in the country’s modernisation and transformation effort.
A total of 1,881 civil servants from 70 departments, agencies and divisions received the awards for excellence at the presentaton which was held in two sessions today.
Among the recipients were six disabled, including Nik Zalbiha Nik Mat, 50, who stands only at one metre. She is an information technology officer with the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit who received the JPM Special Award.
She joined the public service sector in 1992 and had received the award for excellent service (APC) three times before.
Asked on her work culture, the mother of three said she had always worked as a team since she joined the public sector.