Ministry plans to cut red tape

  • Nation
  • Friday, 07 Nov 2003

PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry, which records more complaints on graft than any other ministry, will bring together all its agencies to discuss how best to cut back on red tape and increase the efficiency of its services. 

This follows the call by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Wednesday to the civil service to fight corruption and deliver quality service to the people. 

The ministry’s deputy secretary-general Datuk Mohamad Yasin said the Prime Minister’s directive would be implemented immediately, with a continuous review of all the agencies’ work processes. 

Agencies under the ministry are the police, National Registration Department, Immigration Department, Prisons Department, Registrar of Societies, Civil Defence and National Drugs Agency.  

The ministry, headed by Abdullah, recorded some 133 complaints of corruption last year, the highest number among all the ministries. 

“We will brief all our officers and staff on the directive.  

Besides increasing the efficiency of our services, a review of our work processes will also help to cut down on instances of corruption,” Mohamad told reporters after launching the Work Quality Groups Convention here yesterday. 

“If necessary, we will do away with any work process which is taking a long time,” he added, commenting on the directive made by Abdullah at his first Cabinet meeting after taking over as Prime Minister from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 

Speaking to his audience earlier, Mohamad said he was disappointed that only four departments were taking part in the conference this year, compared with seven last year.  

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