PETALING JAYA: There is no specific time frame for notices to be given to civil servants prior to their transfer, says Public Service Department (PSD) deputy director-general Datuk Dr Ismail Alias.
He said the timing of transfer notices was decided by the committee that deliberates such movements in the department.
“Transfers are very normal (occurrences) in private companies and the PSD is no different. It could be due to various reasons,” he said yesterday.
Ismail said this when asked to comment on the transfer of Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) president Datuk Zainal Abidin A'ala to the National Institute of Public Administration (Intan) this week.
Zainal Abidin is alleged to have revealed minutes of a meeting in 2007 pertaining to a controversial 29-storey condominium project near Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur.
Meanwhile, several MPS councillors have expressed opposition to Zainal's transfer.
Councillor Eric Tan Pok Shyong, who is a lawyer by profession, claimed PSD had no jurisdiction over the matter.
He said the state government had the authority to elect the council president under Section 10 of the Local Government Act 1976.
“Article 132, (2) of the Federal Constitution says that the state has full authority over state civil servants,” said Tan at a press conference attended by a dozen other councillors at the MPS building in Bandar Baru Selayang yesterday.
Zainal is the second top civil servant in the state to be transferred in recent months.
On Sept 27, Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman reportedly received a letter informing him that he would be transferred to the State Secretariat effective Oct 1.
Another councillor A. Rahim Ahmad Kasdi questioned the timing of the decision and pointed out the 2013 council budget would be tabled soon.
Councillor Abdul Majid Hasan said they wanted Zainal to remain as MPS president.
“We want the PSD to stop the transfer immediately,” he said.