Government to probe why 52 dropped from PTD programme, says Dr M

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

SHAH ALAM: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today assured that Putrajaya would investigate the recent dropping of 52 participants undergoing a special course to become administration and diplomatic officers (PTD).

“We will look into this issue,” he told reporters today.

“We don’t want anyone to be a victim of our efforts to reduce the national administrative cost.”

It was reported that the 10-month course had involved 86 participants. Those who were dropped included four contract workers who are now jobless, and 48 civil servants who were forced to return to their old jobs.

The officers were dropped from the special course after the National Institute of Public Administration (Intan) and the Public Service Department (PSD) increased the passing grade for the Diploma in Public Administration Postgraduate programme.

Intan director Suriani Ahmad said the decision to increase the passing grade was made together with PSD, adding that the participants were expected to score higher based on their job experience.

Mahathir, who earlier launched a conference of the POS Malaysia Workers’ Association, also encouraged postmen to increase their productivity and keep in mind possible future trends.

He said this would result in them earning more, in addition to keeping with the times and new demands.

He said with automation and robots, some in the workforce might become redundant. He therefore encouraged them to increase their expertise by learning how to manage and maintain these machines.