Absurd, says Cuepacs on move to downsize civil service

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) today rejected the proposal by certain quarters to reduce the size of the public service in the country.

Its president, Azih Muda, said the proposal was unreasonable and in conflict with the current situation as the country was still experiencing staff shortages in the public sector.

He said the comparison in the number of civil servants in this country and other countries was inaccurate because in other countries, the education, military, police and health services were separated from the public sector.

“Do not equate Malaysia with other countries because we are different. We mix and classify all the sectors under the civil service.

“The fact is, when we go on the ground and take a look at the public service sector, we will find there is a shortage of staff,” he told a press conference here today.

On Monday, former Treasury secretary-general Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim was reported to have said that the government should consider downsizing the public service if a 3% fiscal deficit was to be achieved.

Azih said the main priority now was to find a formula to increase productivity, work performance and discipline among public servants, rather than reducing the size of the civil service in the country.

He said this was more important because with improved civil service performance, this would be able to help the country to achieve a high-income developed status.

“There are many more important issues that should be considered such as productivity and cost of living, but these parties are more interested in issues which can lead to anxiety among civil servants. Such sentiments are unhealthy.”