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MELAKA – The spirit of loyalty and togetherness should exist among civil servants in the country for Malaysia to become a successful nation, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today.

He said history had shown that the fall of the Melaka empire was due to the absence of loyalty and spirit of togetherness among members of its government and also their supporters.

“The principle of loyalty is crucial. We have taken our oath as civil servants to support the government elected by the people. Hence, because of that it is a must for us (to be loyal), and secondly, to have the spirit of togetherness among us.

“Togetherness in the sense that we are a family heading towards one objective,” he said when speaking at the Melaka government monthly assembly at the Melaka International Trade centre in Ayer Keroh here today.

Also present were Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron, Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah, Melaka State Secretary Datuk Seri Naim Abu Bakar, the state executive council members an about 10,000 civil servants in the state. – BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: Civil servants who report instances of corruption will receive an incentive equal to the amount offered in the bribe, says Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner Datuk Shamsun Bahrin Mohd Jamil.

“For example, an officer was offered a bribe of RM10,000 and he reports it to us – if the case goes through and the accused is charged, the officer would be granted a RM10,000 incentive which matches the bribe,” he said.

Shamsun Bahrin added that the lowest incentive offered would be RM500.

“If it (the offered bribe) is RM1,000 then the incentive would match that,” he said.

Shamsun Bahrin added in an interview on Thursday that the incentives were introduced by the former Chief Secretary to the Government, without specifying who it was.

He added that this was to encourage civil servants to report bribery, which would in turn eradicate corruption altogether.

However, said that only 162 civil servants had reported instances bribery despite the incentive.

“There are 1.6 million civil servants, so only 0.01% of them have reported cases. We do not want this,” he added, urging more civil servants to step up against corruption.

We do not want the public sector to be seen as corrupt. Sadly not many civil servants are willing to step up, although we have the Witness Protection Act and Whistleblower Protection Act,” he said.

KOTA KINABALU – The Sabah government has decided to give a RM500 special aid to all state civil servants in January next year, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

He said members of the Community Development Leaders Unit would also get the aid.

“The special aid is in appreciation of the service of civil servants who are the pulse of the government,” he said when tabling the 2017 State Budget in the State Legislative Assembly today.

Musa also announced that the state government had decided to raise the civil servants’ housing loan ceiling from RM350,000 to RM500,000.

He said it was sad that a handful of civil servants had tarnished the image of the whole civil service through their abuse of power in the offer of infrastructure projects valued at billions of ringgit.

“I am confident that the majority of civil servants in the state are committed and dedicated in discharging their responsibilities,” he said. – BERNAMA

KOTA SAMARAHAN — Civil servants in the country are fortunate as the government is concerned with their welfare, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said today.

He said members of the civil service in the country were paid high salary, with the payment made on time, as well as other allowances and incentives, apart from promotion and pension.

Civil servants should consider themselves lucky, compared with those working in the private sector, he said in his speech at the convocation ceremony of the Sarawak zone Health Ministry’s training institutes at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) here today.

A total of 925 graduates from four institutions received their certificate and diploma in various fields at the event.

At the Health Ministry, he said, post graduate programme is available for employees who wanted to pursue studies.

He advised the Health ministry staff to continue to improve their work performance.

“We want to maintain our health service which has been recognised as among the best in the world,” he added. – BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: Federal civil servants have been given an additional Hari Raya holiday on Friday.

However, the holiday on July 8 will only apply on the condition that Hari Raya falls on July 6.

It will not take effect should Hari Raya falls on July 5, said Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

“Members of the public who seek Federal services on that day are encouraged to visit the agencies and departments before the Hari Raya holidays,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

He also expressed his hope that Federal civil servants will be able to enjoy the additional day off celebrating with their families.

Although it was not mentioned in his statement, it is understood that additional holiday will not apply to state-level civil servants.

KOTA BARU: The Kelantan government is giving special aid of RM500 each to state civil servants to help them with the Aidilfitri preparation.

Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob (pic) said the move was in line with the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on the disbursement of RM500 special financial aid for civil servants at the federal level.

“We will make the payment as carried out by the federal government,” he told reporters after breaking fast with people with disabilities (OKU) at Balai Islam Lundang here Wednesday.

He said the state government also planned to give special aid of RM250 to the “penghulu” (village heads). – Bernama

SUNGAI BESAR: The Prime Minister’s Department held a briefing on 1Malaysia Development Berhad for civil servants with 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy (pic) explaining several national issues.

Arul said the people should not be fooled by issues, which have been played up by the Opposition and blown out of proportion.

“1MDB is no more an issue. It was a business problem that is currently being solved. All problems will be solved by next year,” he told the audience.

The briefing was organised by the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) and held at Sekolah Agama Menengah Pasir Panjang.

Those who attended include Sungai Besar candidate Budiman Mohd Zohdi, National Civics Bureau chief Datuk Ibrahim Saad and Special Branch (Operations/Counter Terrorism division) assistant director-general Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.

The audience, mostly teachers, were also briefed on terrorism threats to the nation, and how the people should be grateful to live in a multi-cultural country like Malaysia.

Arul denied that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented to cover the debts incurred by 1MDB.

“The GST issue has been politicised. The background to it is to change the country’s taxation system. This has nothing to do with 1MDB,” he said to a question from the floor.

He also rubbished claims that the RM2.6bil donation paid into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s private account came from 1MDB.

“There is no donation from 1MDB in the prime minister’s private account. This is a fact and not an opinion,” he said.

The briefing came after one of 1MDB’s critics, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, campaigned for the Opposition ahead of the June 18 by-election.

A spokesperson from PMD denied that the briefing was held to coincide with the by-election.

“We planned this well ahead and we are doing this nationwide. This time is Selangor’s turn so we chose this place,” said the spokesperson.