Datuk Sabariah HassanKUALA LUMPUR, July 4 (Bernama) — Two deputy secretary- generals, Datuk Sabariah Hassan and Datuk Mohd Arif Ab Rahman, have been promoted to secretary-generals.
Their appointments are effective from Monday, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said.
He said Sabariah, 57, who is Women, Family and Community Development Ministry deputy secretary-general (operations), would replace Datuk Seri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur as secretary-general of the ministry.
Noorul Ainur, 56, takes over as secretary-general of the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry from Datuk Dr Rosli Mohamed who is on leave prior to optional retirement, Ali said in a statement Friday.
He said Mohd Arif, 57, who is Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry deputy secretary-general (development) would take over as secretary-general of the ministry from Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah, who is also on leave prior to optional retirement.
“I am confident of the three officers’ ability in generating new perspective, approaches and initiatives that will spur creativity and innovation in their organisations.
“I hope they would also nurture a culture of excellence in their respective organisations, especially in realising the country’s vision and aspirations,” he said.
Noorul Ainur, who holds a PhD in political science from New York University, has 26 years of experience as administrative and diplomatic officer, apart from a stint as senior adviser I at the World Bank headquarters in Washington.
Sabariah, who holds a master’s degree in social science from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, has over 33 years of experience as administrative and diplomatic officer.
Mohd Ariff, who graduated from University of Malaya and joined the civil service as administrative and diplomatic officer in 1981, has served as Sepang district officer, Subang Jaya Municipal Council president and Selangor state financial officer.