Go for counselling or retire, disloyal civil servants told

Ali Hamsa (left) with Chief Minister Shafie Apdal during a courtesy call at his office in Kota Kinabalu.

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Secretary to the Government Ali Hamsa has told civil servants who have trouble adjusting to the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration to go for counselling.

He said those who still could not accept the change should consider their future in the civil service.

“If you are not able to put your emotions aside, then you should go for counselling.

“And if you still cannot serve the government of the day loyally, you should consider retiring,” he said at a meeting with civil servants here today.

Ali said civil servants were duty-bound to serve the government of the day and the people, and should not hold any emotional baggage, especially regarding the previous administration.

Acknowledging that the change in government was something new for Malaysia, he said government workers must be able to separate work from politics.

Ali also warned that civil servants risked legal action if they were found to have leaked classified government papers to the public.

Sharing sensitive documents could cause dire consequences if confidential information fell into the wrong hands, he said.

“This is what we want to prevent. For instance, there was a recent case (in the peninsula) where an important government document was shared and went viral on social media.

“We will investigate this matter under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).”

Ali said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had managed to identify the person involved but he did not disclose further details about the case.

Last month, he revealed on his Twitter account that the MCMC had started a probe into the leakage of confidential government documents.

“Aside from a police report, all secretaries-general and heads of service have been instructed to ensure that classified documents will not be compromised,” he said.

Ali also urged Sabahans to step up and take the opportunity to serve in the peninsula to gain a wider experience that would help them when they were considered for promotions.

To a question from the floor, Ali said projects approved before the last election would be reviewed to check whether they went through the proper channels.

He also said the government would review the differences in allowances for civil servants serving in the peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak.

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