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Friday June 21, 2013

Johor government carries out massive transfers of civil servants

JOHOR BARU: The Johor government has carried out a massive shake-up of its state civil service with promotions and transfers involving almost a third of the state’s 220 top civil servants.

The exercise, which involved at least 64 senior officers, is dubbed the biggest in recent years.

Sources said that Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin wanted a new team to help strengthen the state government and to push his transformation agenda.

At least six local council presidents have been replaced with new faces. They are from the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB), Central Johor Baru City Council (MBJBT), Kluang Municipal Council, Muar Municipal Council, Kota Tinggi district council and Yong Peng municipal council.

The new MBJB mayor is Ismail Karim who was previously the district officer of Kota Tinggi.

His predecessor Burhan Amin has been appointed as Perbadanan Islam Johor general manager.

The other new council heads are Salehuddin Hassan who becomes the MBJBT president, Ramli A Rahman (Muar), Adib Azhari Daud (Kluang), Hasrin Kamal Hashim (Kota Tinggi) and Kamalludin Jamal (Yong Peng).

Mohd Halim Hasbullah and Noorazam Osman have been made district officers for Kulaijaya and Kota Tinggi respectively.

The state’s new state tourism director is Mohd Haffiz Ahmad while Abdul Rashid Rahman is the new Johor Water Regulatory Authority (Bakaj) director.

The sources said some of the changes involved those who have retired.

“The movements were put on hold during the general election. Since being sworn in, the mentri besar and his state executive councillors have been busy attending meetings and briefings with more than a dozen agencies in the state since last month,” the sources said.

Meanwhile, state secretary Datuk Obet Tawil confirmed that a list of promotions and transfers has been released effective June 3.

He said the reshuffles were only about filling up vacancies in the state civil service.

“I have told the officers to work hard and to be knowledgeable. They also need to be friendly to the public and help resolve their problems,” he added.

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