PUTRAJAYA – Chief Secretary to the Malaysian Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa has described his re-election as the President of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) as a recognition of the success in the country’s development initiatives.
Ali said his election by members of the CAPAM board of directors showed their high confidence in the government’s efforts to transform the public service, particularly through various development programmes and National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) initiatives.
“CAPAM members attending this conference see that we are not merely talking theories, but have seen for themselves the successes of the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC), Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and Community Rehabilitation Programme (CRP) in Gemas and they want to see more.
“The foreign delegates lauded the transformations that have taken place in Malaysia, we see them praising the Prime Minister and we, as Malaysians, feel proud,” he said.
He told this to reporters after the board of directors meeting held during the 2016 CAPAM Biennial Conference here today to elect the organisation’s leadership for a new two-year term.
CAPAM chief executive officer Gay Hamilton made the announcement after the board of directors meeting that Ali was unanimously re-elected as the CAPAM President, making him the first person in the association’s history to hold the post for two terms.
Meanwhile, responding to Ali’s presidency, a board member from Kenya, Margaret Kobiza believed he would do an even greater job for the second term.
“It is indeed good news to have Ali Hamsa returned as president. He has certainly done a great job and we are very happy and will support him all the way.
“I have a lot of hopes on him for a great future of all Commonwealth nations as we know that the public service in Commonwealth nations are struggling with various issues and he has a great opportunity to address these issues by serving as CAPAM president,” she told Bernama.
Another member and former president, Paul Zahra said that besides having the full support of the board, Ali has all it takes to return as CAPAM president.
“The wisdom, direction and vision that he has for this organisation is very useful for the past, present and future of CAPAM,” he added. – BERNAMA