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Negri mulls rewarding civil servants who lead a healthy lifestyle

SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan may have another category in its excellent service awards for civil servants.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan is planning to award government workers for being non-smokers or have good BMIs (body mass index) readings.

“I will propose this to my administration.

“I personally think this two criteria must be considered,” he said, adding that apart from being a good worker, one must also have good habits and lead a healthy lifestyle.

He said this at Wisma Negeri here yesterday after presenting prizes to food stall operators who practised good hygiene.

Mohamad said the award criteria for the civil service should follow the excellent student awards, where top students are awarded for excellence in both academic and co-curricular activities.

“You will not be given the top student prize based purely on academic achievement.

“Your co-curricular activities are always an important factor,” he said, adding that as the employer, the state government had the discretion when giving out excellent service awards.

He also said some form of disciplinary action must be taken against civil servants caught lighting up in government buildings.

“Many think they can light up along the stairway or the toilet.

“I would like to remind all government employees that you are not allowed to light up anywhere inside the buildings,” he said, adding that this happened due to a lack of enforcement.

He was responding to a question that civil servants were often the culprits who smoked at their workplaces although these premises have been gazetted as non-smoking areas.

Mohamad said he would also propose a system to penalise such employees by having their marks deducted during their annual appraisals.

“Any employee caught smoking inside his building will have marks deducted and this will also make him ineligible for excellent service awards,” he added.

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