Perak to downsize civil service in phases

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IPOH: The Perak government says it will downsize the civil service in phases from now until 2021, as proposed by the federal government.

However, Perak Health, Consumer Affairs, National Integration and Human Resource Committee chairman A Sivanesan said the 3,390 civil servants currently serving in the state will not be affected by the implementation of the downsizing policy.

He said of the total, 5,643 are serving state departments, 1,705 are in the district and land administration, 4,683 with the local authorities and 1,359 in the state statutory bodies.

Sivanesan, who is also Sungkai assemblyman, said downsizing the civil service would be done through the abolition of unnecessary positions, temporary scheme positions and positions which have been left vacant for over two years.

“In reducing the size of civil service, we will implement a restructuring exercise to avoid overlapping of functions, outsource certain functions, and explore alternative service delivery initiatives according to requirements,” he said in the 14th state assembly sitting here today.

Sivanesan was responding to a question from Khairuddin Tarmizi (BN-Hutan Melintang) who asked about the proposals to reduce the size of the civil service at the state level.