Civil service reshuffle not political, says chief secretary


Modified 6 Jan 2019, 4:16 am

The reshuffling and reassignment of government officials will not only involve secretaries-general, but will include civil servants at all levels, says chief secretary to the government Ismail Bakar.

Ismail said the reshuffling of civil servants was a common practice in the public sector, and is aimed at achieving operational efficiencies and improving government service delivery.

"We do not want them to remain too long and be comfortable in certain positions, as they should be encouraged to share their experiences and expertise with other ministries to help enhance efficiency," he told the media after the Putrajaya Car Free Day Programme today.

Refuting claims that the reshuffling was influenced by political factor, Ismail said the changes were made on a professional basis.

"This is a good exercise, as it indicates an inclusive direction and the expertise gained in one ministry could be shared in another."

Elaborating, Ismail stated that the major reshuffle would see changes in secretary-general and director-general positions, which would come into effect tomorrow.

The administrative reshuffle will involve 12 ministries, where seven secretaries-general will be transferred, and five will be promoted to the position.

Home Ministry secretary-general Alwi Ibrahim will be transferred to the Works Ministry, and his position will be taken over by Education Ministry secretary-general Mohd Abas Gazali.

Ismail brushed aside rumours that Alwi would continue to remain at the Home Ministry, adding that the new posts had been decided and some of the secretaries-general were also due to retire in six months’ time.

- Bernama

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