KOTA KINABALU: Slogans and concepts introduced by the government will be useless if civil servants did not adhere to them.
Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor said local authorities should take the initiative and understand the government’s vision towards economic development.
In this respect, they should adopt a work culture with integrity and high sense of discipline, efficiency and good management as well as a people friendly delivery, he said during the presentation of appointment to 15 Councillors for Putatan District Council yesterday.
In his speech delivered by his assistant, Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam, he also stressed that slogans and concepts promoted by the Government would come to naught if they were not put into practiced by civil servants.
“The public service delivery system need to be efficient to ensure against chances of immoral activity, especially corruption and abuse of power.”
He stated that the Government was very serious in combating corruption and to uphold the integrity among civil servants in this county as this would ensure that prosperity and peace would be enjoyed by the people.
“In this era of globalisation, we are challenged in all aspects such as economically or personally where morality or integrity are concerned,” he said adding that there were thoughts that speaking about integrity made one old fashioned or behind time.
He however urged the new Councillors to be committed in their work and not be involved in negative activities such as cheating, abuse of power and bribery.
“Proficient and honorable implementation of services will evoke confidence from the general public on the government,” he said.
“In this respect you must be accountable to ensure that we can avoid being indiscriminately criticised by others,” he said, adding that honesty, dedication, sincerity and and accountability were paramount to ensure that their duties run smooth.
Joachim later witnessed the presentation of appointment letters to the Councillors for 2015 to 2016. Also present during the events were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussein, Datuk Yong Oui Fah Tanjung Aru State Assemblyman and Ag Abdul Ghani Pg Yusoff, Putatan Dustrict Officer.- Sayangsabah