KUALA LUMPUR: Nine civil servants were subjected to disciplinary action because they were involved in political activities without permission since 2010.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim however said no civil servant was ever fired because of their participation in politics.
"The nine government servants were subjected to disciplinary action because they breached Regulation 21 of the Public Officers (Conduct and Discipline) Regulations 1993.
"This regulation requires them to apply for permission from their head of department before being actively involved in politics," he said when replying a question from Idris Ahmad (PAS - Bukit Gantang) during question time on Wednesday.
Idris has asked the minister to state the number of civil servants that have been terminated from service and faced disciplinary action due to their involvement in political activities.
Shahidan said civil servants who want to be involved in politics are subjected to Regulation 21(2) of the rules which states that an officer may stand for election or be appointed to any post in a political party after obtaining written approval from the Public Service Director General or the Secretary General of the appropriate ministry.
An officer who has been accepted as an ordinary member of any political party must also inform this fact to his Head of Department under Regulation 21(6).
Shahidan said as of Aug 1, 2010, the Government agreed that the officers under the grade DG 41 to DG 48 serving in educational institutions, except for principals and headmasters, may contest or hold posts in political parties if they have prior written permission from the Education Ministry secretary-general.
To a supplementary question by Normala Abd Samad (BN - Pasir Gudang) who asked what was the penalty for civil servants who disclose government secrets to irresponsible parties, Shahidan said civil servants were still subjected to legislation like the Official Secrets Act and will be punished under the respective laws.