PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Civil servants have been reminded not to be involved with anti-vaccine groups or movements.
Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali said this included making, publishing or distributing any statement, rumours or news on vaccines with the intention to cause fear among the public.
He said action could be taken under the existing law against those caught doing so, where those found guilty could be jailed for up to two years, or fined, or both.
Speaking at the Prime Minister's Department's Excellent Service Award (APC) 2020 presentation Thursday (April 1), Zuki also called on civil servants to register for the Covid-19 vaccination through the MySejahtera app.
"I hope that the Covid-19 vaccination programme can help eliminate this epidemic, hence allowing us all to return to a more conducive and prosperous life, ” he said.
Zuki is among those who have completed the Covid-19 vaccination process. He received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Feb 25 and the second dose on March 18.
During the event, Zuki also said changes in the global and national landscapes following the Covid-19 pandemic should be seen as an opportunity for civil servants to revise their conventional way of working to a new method that is suitable to the current situation and new norms.
He said the public service delivery system required a more organised and orderly approach without ignoring the standard operating procedures (SOPs) at all levels.
“Civil servants must continue to be prepared to face various challenges even beyond our expectations and try to address them in the best possible way, ” he said.
He reminded them that the efficiency of public service delivery must be enhanced so that it is able to support economic growth and in turn, increase productivity for shared prosperity.
“The trust given by the people and stakeholders to the public administration should motivate civil servants to continue providing quality services based on first-class smart services, ” he said.
Zuki added that the integrity and accountability of civil servants needed to be strengthened continuously in line with the aspirations of the National Anti-Corruption Plan 2019-2023. - Bernama