MANPOWER changes in the various Selangor municipal and city councils can go beyond the top positions of council presidents and mayors as the state government is empowered to hire and fire senior officials.
It is almost certain that the new coalition state government will review the positions of the senior officers at the 12 local councils in Selangor.
According to Selangor State Secretary Datuk Ramli Mahmud, who holds the fort during the interim transition period until the new state government is formed, all senior officers from the ranks of directors and above were state appointees.
He said the state through the State Civil Service Commission and with the consent of the Sultan had been empowered to hire, transfer and fire senior officials.
“However, there are procedures that must followed for the appointments, transfers and sackings before these actions can be taken,” Ramli said yesterday
As per the rest of the civil servants at the municipal and city councils, Ramli said that they were hired by the council management and were federal government employees.
For those officials and workers engaged on contracts, Ramli said, the contracts could be terminated by the state.
“Procedures must be followed as per in the contract agreement for the firing of these officers and workers,” he said.
Ramli said that the situation at the State Secretariat was slightly different as all the officers and workers were federal government employees.
He said all movements, hiring and firing of these officers and workers would be done through the Federal Civil Service Commission as it also involved pension for those who had been terminated.
On the change of government in Selangor, Ramli urged the civil servants to be neutral and be responsible to the government of today.
As civil servants, he said, they must stay neutral and go about their business as usual.
“We are responsible to the government and to the people of Selangor who have voted in the new government,” he said.
Except for policy matters, Ramli said, everything else had been going on as usual at the various local authorities and government departments.
Ramli said that he had a meeting with all the department heads and briefed them on the latest developments in the state.
“They understand the scenario and have pledged to support the new government being formed,” he said.