'Public' officials shouldn't be too thin-skinned

Hazlan Zakaria

Modified 9 Nov 2016, 2:40 am

COMMENT When you are a public official, political appointee or not, you serve the public trust, and as members of the government of the day its true that you execute policies, but your loyalty is to the people and the state, embodied in the royal authority of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Your loyalty does not lie with the person who appointed you. Far from it! Your very task is, at times, to act as a check on the executive.

Your loyalty does not lie with the particular political party that happens to head the present executive governance. Far from it! Your duty is to ensure public interests always outweigh political considerations, or at least attempt to make it so.

More so when you are appointed by the Agong to serve the rakyat, which is why such a position is known as 'public official' or 'public servant' in the first place...

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