Civil servants prohibited from making public statements on govt policies, says Health Ministry

PETALING JAYA: Civil servants are prohibited from issuing public statements on government policies, programmes or decisions without prior approval, warns the Health Ministry.

In a statement on the ministry's Facebook page, the Health Ministry said unverified statements issued by civil servants could jeopardise the image of the officer involved, which can lead to confusion among the public, as well as disrupting the credibility of public services and the government.

"Rules on ethics and etiquette in the public sector, particularly on the usage of social media and restriction on making unauthorised public statements are not meant to prohibit any officers from speaking out, but to ensure that they are using the right medium to channel feedback and complaints," it said on Thursday (March 4).

The ministry asserted that such rules are to maintain the image and credibility of officers, public services and the government.

"All Health Ministry officers are constantly reminded to be courteous and ethical when using social media and to ensure they maintain boundaries to avoid misconduct that can lead to disciplinary action.

"The ministry takes social media misconduct and unreasonable public statements by civil servants seriously," it said, noting that disciplinary action will be taken on identified cases which are found guilty, based on the rules enforced.

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