Contracts of five officers under Human Resources Minister terminated, say sources

PETALING JAYA: The contracts of five officers of Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar have been terminated effective immediately, say sources.

Sources close to the department said the five were appointed under contract.

"It is believed that the termination had to do with the recent arrests by MACC as well as their performance. It didn't look good for the ministry. However, not all are linked to the MACC investigation," said a source.

Another officer is said to have been transferred out of the ministry.

The source said that the move is also believed to be an attempt to "clear the slate" after the recent arrests related to a graft probe.

Attempts to contact Sivakumar are still ongoing.

The minister's special functions officer and private secretary were arrested last month by the MACC in connection with a case involving the recruitment of foreign workers.

Both were remanded to assist in investigations into foreign worker recruitment but have since been released.

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