Malaysian civil service neutrality

It is time to review the role of our public servants and employees of statutory bodies and GLCs.

This system had a huge influence on both society and culture in Imperial China and was directly responsible for the creation of a class of scholar-bureaucrats irrespective of their family pedigree. Thus civil service capacity needs to be sacrificed to secure a representative civil service. If Ministers are never challenged they are unlikely to be getting the best advice. Fundamentally Ministers have democratic legitimacy in their own right; and officials do not. How do officials convince a sceptical wider world that Whitehall really is good for them, or at least better than any plausible alternative model? In short, they have similar experience and feeling towards Malaysia like their Malay and other indigenous counterparts. Governments may come and go but civil servants enjoy security of tenure. In an era where diversely talented countries compete against each other in almost all aspects, this diversity should be seen as strength, a rich and powerful resource in search for talents with diverse skills and competencies to develop and enhance the effectiveness and capacity of the country.

The PTD provides almost all the senior administrative officials at the federal and state levels. The current civil service was created in the s but trace its lineage to the s: Malayan Public Service of the British East India Companyfrom to Federated Malay States Civil Service, from to Malay Administrative Service, from to After Malaysia's independence inthe current service was created.

In Malaysia, the idea of civil service neutrality, though not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution, is woven into the fabric of our law. Public Administration Review, 66 2 However, they stayed instead.

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In an era where diversely talented countries compete against each other in almost all aspects, this diversity should be seen as strength, a rich and powerful resource in search for talents with diverse skills and competencies to develop and enhance the effectiveness and capacity of the country.

Building Trust between Officials and Ministers To work effectively and achieve and maintain that mutual trust, we need to be explicit about the differences between a politician and a policy civil servant and how the latter should behave.

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Malay, Chinese and Indian are the three major ethnic groups in the country. Ultimately if an official is uncomfortable with the direction of policy in the area she or he works in they may need to move.

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Less career advancement: Graduates suspect in being civil servant Wilkins and Keiser find active representation by female supervisors in child support agencies. The value comes in how they are brought together delivering practical options to Ministers which recognise and respond to political priorities. In Zakaria, H. Other bumiputras are largely concentrated in the state civil services of Sabah and Sarawak as they prefer to serve in their own states Lim, ; Abdullah et al. Examination on the evolution of the representativeness of the civil service in terms of gender and ethnic groups would then follows. Building trust with wider society But trust between ministers and officials is only part of the solution. Officials must deliver a strong professional commitment to Ministers within mutually understood boundaries which separate them from political activity. Probably similar to what has been expected by the colonial government, they themselves were also thinking of returning to their homelands after earning enough. Gender, representative bureaucracy, and law enforcement: the case of sexual assault. Department of Statistics They must act in the interest of the government and no other alternative public interest. Bureaucrats are not directly accountable to the people, however, they have huge amount of discretionary power within the broad policy parameters and this is exactly the part where the incongruity between democratic principles and implementation occurred. Wilkins, V.
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Civil service in Malaysia