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KUALA LUMPUR, 11 Jan 2017:
Heavier punishment – including whipping – should be imposed on public service officials found abusing power and involved in corruption.
The Alumni Association of the Administrative and Diplomatic Officers (PTD Alumni) said in a statement yesterday corruption involving large sums of money among public service officials was very disturbing and damaging to the reputation of the service and the country.
It said public officials should not abuse the positions and power they had been entrusted with to betray and commit criminal breach of trust.
“It should be noted that there are countries that impose the death penalty on public servants found guilty of corruption, especially those in senior positions.”
Hence, the PTD Alumni is asking the civil service authorities to boost imbibing of ethics and integrity so that it becomes part of the civil service culture.
Separately, National Professors’ Council (MPN) Governance, Law and Public Administration Cluster chief Prof Dr Nik Ahmad Kamal Nik Mahmod said strict integrity checks are important to supplement the conditions of appointment and promotion of civil servants who are screened by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
“The conditions set by JPA (Public Service Department) are good but what we fear is on internal vetting, because there may be elements of favouritism involved, which must be curbed.
“Both internal and external (by MACC) screening must be in tandem in making the assessment process more transparent.”
Government departments and civil servants have also been urged drop their culture of working in silos in order to make 2017 the year of delivery for the benefit of the people.
“Similarly, there must be more firm action in the delivery system, if a project is not completed, those who contributed to it must be punished.”
Nik Ahmad Kamal said members of the public should be more proactive and daring to lodge complaints with the Public Complaints Bureau if they find that the quality of service was not at the highest level.