CUEPACS calls for review of irrelevant public service circulars
GEORGE TOWN, July 23 – The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (CUEPACS) has called on the government to review the public service circulars which have become irrelevant to the current situation.
Its president, Datuk Omar Osman, said there were several circulars that were still being practised despite the fact that they no longer portrayed good governance standard for public service and had caused difficulties to the civil servants.
“Many old policies and circulars are no longer relevant today. They need improvement in line with the announcement made by the Chief Secretary to the Government (Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa) to popularise the public service.
“For example, there’s a circular stating that if a civil servant were to be offered a position and he rejected it, then he will be blacklisted for a year.
“This does not portray good governance standard for public service and this is among the things that we are looking into,” he told reporters after meeting Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng here today.
Omar said the public service circulars should be in line with the current government policies so that the public service could progress in line with the development of the country.
“However, let’s not be hasty in making a new policy without discussing it first. We might not understand it. We wouldn’t like it that way.
“We believe in the concept of engagement and good relations. That way, the decision will not be questioned later and that the implementation will run smoothly,” he said.
In another development, Omar said the proposed reappointment of former civil officers into the public service by Public Service Commission (SPA) should be made through a proper mechanism.
This is to ensure that the promotion for the officers in service would not be affected by the reappointment of the former officers, he said when contacted from Kuala Lumpur today.
“We laud the proposal by the SPA but they have to formulate a suitable mechanism to reappoint those who have left the public service because there are many public officers in service now.
“Those former officers have to have the specialties or potential that made them deserved to be reappointed.”
Omar said this in response to the remarks by SPA chairman Tan Sri Mahmood Adam yesterday that the commission was mulling over the possibility to reappoint those who have quit public service. – Bernama