ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor Civil Servants (JCS) should always strive to improve their efficiency and excellence.
Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin said public service is a moral obligation that must be carried out with a sense of pride and patriotism.
“I cannot stress enough how important an effective public service is in an administration as without it, not only will the delivery of the government be affected, but also development.
“The public service sector is an instrument that is vital in representing the state government,” he said in his speech during the handing over of duties ceremony between former State Secretary Datuk Ismail Karim and newly appointed State Secretary Azmi Rohani at Bangunan Sultan Ismail, Kota Iskandar on Monday.
He added that among the outcomes of an efficient public service is the ability to introduce and radically transform developmental policies and agendas, the eradication of leakages, corruption and abuse of power, as well as the formation of a positive image and identity for a nation.
Separately, Azmi, 51, said the state government would soon see a reshuffle because there will be vacancies following the impending retirement of several civil servants.
The 24th State Secretary said among the positions that would need replacements include the Johor Land Office director, which was held by him since Dec 1, 2014 and Johor Islamic Religious Department director, who would retire on Jan 15.
Azmi was presented with the instrument of appointment by the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar at Istana Bukit Serene on Jan 1.
His appointment comes following the retirement of Ismail who served as state secretary from April 14, 2014 to Dec 31, 2016.
Azmi promised to carry out the duties entrusted to him with integrity and honesty, and pledged to uphold the values of Islam, adding that the welfare of the people of Johor would always be his priority.
Also present during the swearing-in ceremony were Royal Court Council president Datuk Rahim Ramli, Johor Assembly Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Aziz and state executive committee members.
Azmi, who holds a Bachelor of Development (Economic and Management) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Bachelor of Science (Human Resource Development) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, began his service as Muar assistant district officer at the Muar Land office on March 1, 1992.
He previously held various positions at several state departments including the Kluang Land Office, Kota Tinggi Land Office and Johor Drainage and Irrigation Department.