PUTRAJAYA (Nov 27, 2012): Chief Secretary to the government Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa today advised civil servants to quickly execute policies that have been approved by the government. He said the public expected prompt execution after the government announced the policies.
“It’s of no use announcing policies but we implement them after two years. We have to prove that we are ready to execute any policy or any reform,” he said at the opening of the ‘National Conference on Nurturing the Public Sector’s Innovation and Creativity for Better Performance and Responsiveness’, here.
Ali said it was important that the public service adopted innovative activities and programmes in order to maintain high performance. The programmes must also be comprehensive in the sense that they involved the top public service leaders down to the implementers, and taking into account all aspects and possibilities available.
“Not only must civil servants of various levels be included in the policy making, they must also understand fully the implementation mechanism to ensure the success of these policies,” he said.
Ali said civil servants also needed to sustain and continue developing the ongoing programmes, including the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) 2.0 that was introduced as a continuation of the GTP which was introduced together with the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and Political Transformation Programme (PTP).
He said the testimony to these measures was the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ Report 2012 where Malaysia was ranked 12th out of 185 economies.
“The only area that I see that brought us a little bit from the top 10 is on the construction permit approvals. It takes about 90 days for us to approve. If we can improve it to 60 days, I think we can be among the top 10,” he said.
Organised by the Institute Sultan Iskandar (ISI) of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), in collaboration with GlobaleventAsia and UTM Perdana School, the conference brought together practitioners, industry experts and academics to explore and identify the current challenges in leading change within the public sector. – Bernama