Selangor MB speaks on MCs

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 23 Jan 2007

KLANG: Employees pretending to be sick and submitting false medical certificates (MCs) is a headache for Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir. 

However, he has found a way to turn the tables on such so-called sick employees. 

Armed with flowers and a get-well fruit basket, Dr Khir would visit some of them in their houses – only to catch them red-handed happily out fishing, visiting their in-laws or running personal errands. 

“Some of them are very shocked to see me, apologise for their dishonesty and promise not to do it again. 

“Others however, are quite stubborn. Not only do they not want to admit their wrong, but blame the doctors, saying the medical practitioners insisted on giving them MCs although they did not want to take them,” said Dr Khir. 

The Mentri Besar was quite well-versed on the false MC tricks because he was once a dentist, and had patients giving all sorts of excuses just to persuade him to issue them with the medical chits. 

Some would, for instance, complain about gum or toothache, when the said source of discomfort was perfectly fine. 

“I told them they have no problem, but they insisted on having pain. One even said the toothache had progressed to the heart and that I should issue him with a chit for “sakit hati” (heartache),” said Dr Khir in his morning address to the Klang district civil officers and employees. 

He added it was normal for human beings to have down-time riddled with problems, but state employees should be honest with their bosses. 

“Givingg false MCs is not the way out. If you genuinely need time-out to attend to urgent family matters, tell your bosses. 

“It boils down to a sense of responsibility. Getting away with false MCs is not a sign of being clever but an attitude of dishonesty. You get caught and the trust is gone, it will affect your chances of promotion,” said Dr Khir. 

He called on state employees to work with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in improving the delivery system to the public and investors. 

Dr Khir added the state employees should work for the people instead of working to “syiok sendiri.” (for personal satisfaction). 

“Going for long tea breaks, ignoring the public, using the office Internet for personal use – these are attitude that does not benefit the public,” said Dr Khir.  

Instead, he wants the employees to follow the state guideline to settle inquiries and problems raised within two weeks. 

“When you have rectified the problems raised, inform the recipients. In fact, reply to the letters sent by the public, do not keep the public in the dark, that’s really impolite and shows a poor sense of accountability,” said Dr Khir. 

He also warned the state employees to steer clear of corruption, saying it was a disease that could cripple the civil workforce.

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