C - Political Reform C00. POLITICAL REFORM

C11. Empowering the public service

In progress
Jun 2018

English competency tests will be held for senior officials in government

The Star June 06, 2018

English competency tests will be carried out for top civil servants, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. "The English language is important and must be practised by high level civil servants," said Dr Mahathir at a press conference after a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Dr Mahathir said that it is imperative for top civil servants to have good command of the English language as they have meetings overseas with international figures. During the press conference, Dr Mahathir also mentioned that the Government will review co-curricular education from kindergarten to university level. A taskforce consisting of non-government experts will be formed to look into the education system in international countries to find ways Malaysia can improve on its education system.

May 2018

Empowering the public service

Pakatan Harapan May 10, 2018

The public service is the country’s backbone in implementing national policies. Developed countries around the world have a respected public service, who work professionally in the interest of the people. Thus, our public servants must be given the appropriate recognition so that they can carry out their responsibilities without fear or favor. Pakatan Harapan recognizes that our public service sector was once regarded as the best among developing countries and among countries in this region. The Pakatan Harapan Government will put our public service sector back to the rightful place by ensuring that government officials are not influenced by partisan sentiments in the discharge of their responsibilities.

We will limit the interventions local and international consultants in the public sector. We will give our civil service the trust and respect that they deserve because they would know better the best ways to run our government compared to external consultants.

The Public Service Commission will be instructed to identify talented civil servants who have the potentials to play a greater role in the governance of the country and in the states. They will be given the necessary support and training to further develop their talents so that their career progression can be expedited. Promotions will be undertaken based on service performance and experience. All the processes will be made more transparent so that the civil servants enjoy equal opportunity to obtain a promotion and salary increase. A creative culture and the ability to think out of the box will be encouraged, so that civil servants can enhance their skills in their respective fields.