Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi ZainalBy Nur Ashikin Abdul Aziz
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 16 (Bernama) — The public service sector will see more young people holding important government posts in line with the Public Service Transformation Programme to empower talents.
Public Service Department (PSD) director-general, Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal said PSD saw the development positively as 72.7 per cent of the 1.52 million public servants were from the Y generation.
“The world has changed. For example, in Singapore, a leader in the public service sector is able to hold the post of secretary-general of a ministry at the age of 40. We are also heading in this direction,” he told Bernama here, recently.
Mohamad Zabidi, appointed to his post in March last year, said to meet the need, PSD had introduced a fast-track programme for excellent public servants.
He said 20 per cent of public servants of all grades would be put on a special list for evaluation on power of thinking, leadership, speech and action.
He said the RM1.9 billion allocation for PSD sponsorships of tertiary studies in the Budget 2015 was among the measures taken to help pick young talents.
“Forty excellent graduates were picked to join the ‘Talent Acceleration in Public Service’ or TAPS and offered strategic posts in public service,” he said.
According to him, this effort was among the government’s approaches to strengthen the public service via the Public Service Transformation Framework (KTPA) introduced last year.
He said other than empowering talents, the KTPA was also implemented via four core elements, namely, organisation reengineering, people-oriented service delivery, and inclusiveness and sense of belonging, and entrenching values.
He said all these were aimed at creating a public service of high performance, high integrity, dynamic and people-centric which could support the National Transformation Agenda.
Mohamad Zabidi said, PSD as the leader in the transformation of the public sector, would use the platform of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration Management (CAPAM) conference from Oct 19 to 21 to improve existing programmes.
“At CAPAM, we will also share Malaysia’s success in the public administration and service sector such as the Urban Transformation Centre and Rural Transformation Centre initiatives which have benefited more than 10 million people.”.
He said the conference, which would be held with the theme, ‘Public Service Transformation: A New Conversation’, was relevant to the current situation in all Commonwealth nations, particularly Malaysia.
The biennial CAPAM conference 2014, with Malaysia as the host for the second time since 1998, is organised by PSD with the cooperation of CAPAM and the Commonwealth Secretariat. It is expected to be attended by more than 1,000 international participants.