KUALA LUMPUR: There is no room for personal agenda, and the civil service must deliver the agenda of the political masters who have been elected, says Public Service Department director-general Datuk Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Rahman.
He urged the civil service to stop isolating themselves in "castles of their own" and work with the ministers.
He said although the government and the people had changed, the civil service had yet to catch up and play their role as the machinery of the government to deliver the agenda of the political masters.
"We are at the crossroads. The rakyat does not see the effectiveness of the government.
"All comments about the government is in the negative, even those in the government behave as if they are not the government. There is no one to defend the civil service.
"If you read the blogs today and the comments online on civil service, we will feel that the civil service is not taking any sides, as if we are in our own castle.
"What are we supposed to be doing? We are paid by the taxes of the people, so we are supposed to be the delivering partner of the government, and we are the interface between the government and the people.
"When the people wants service, and we do not deliver, the people will suffer, and when the people are angry, 99% say our govt service is bloated and we are not effective. So what are we delivering?" asked Mohd Khairul Adib.
He was speaking to the top civil servants at a ministerial forum series on Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 with Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as the guest of honour.
He asked the civil servants to work hand-in-hand with ministers to ensure that the SPV 2030 was part of all programmes.
"Now, we have a new vision, a new dream, shared prosperity vision. We cannot allow (only) a handful of ministers to talk about it. We are the machinery.
"We have been appointed by the government. The driver was elected by the people and if we do not deliver, the rakyat will suffer," said Mohd Khairul Adib.
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