PETALING JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has warned civil servants to serve the Government of the day and not obstruct the workings of the new administration.
"It has also come to my attention that a small number of civil servants are not supporting and obstructing the Pakatan Harapan Government.
"This is a warning to those doing so that we expect professionalism from our civil service and for them to serve the Government of the day," she said in a statement after chairing a meeting for a national Children's Well-being Roadmap in Putrajaya on Thursday (June 21).
Her warning follows concerns raised by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad earlier this month over the loyalty of civil servants who campaigned for Barisan Nasional in the May 9 general election.
Dr Mahathir said he hoped the civil servants concerned would change their attitude and stay neutral towards the new government.
On the Children's Well-being Roadmap, Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said that more input was needed from stakeholders to develop strategies and programmes to address pressing issues affecting children.
She highlighted the need to develop a more integrated and coherent approach when dealing with children with growth deficiencies.
"We do not want a piecemeal approach to this," she said.
Dr Wan Azizah said the roadmap would also cover marginalised and stateless children, children of refugees and sexual abuse of children.
"This inter-ministerial meeting was called to create coordination as well as an expression of political will and our determination to get to the bottom of these problems.
"We can't claim to be a caring society if we ignore and neglect those who are most in need of care," she added.
Present at the meeting were Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik, Rural Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun and representatives from the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) including Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim.