Civil servants banned from holding posts in political parties

Civil servants are allowed to be involved in political parties but must not hold posts.

SEREMBAN: Civil servants would not be permitted to hold positions in political parties, said director-general of the Public Service Department Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Rahman.

He said this was in line with the government’s policy that civil servants should not be involved or be influenced by political party sentiments in carrying out their responsibilities to the people.

“During the Cabinet meeting on Nov 1, we decided that civil servants can be involved in political parties but to ensure neutrality, they are not allowed to hold any position or contest for any post,” he said after the Negeri Sembilan state assembly here today.

Also present were Menteri Besar Aminuddin Harun and state secretary Razali Ab Malik.

Khairul Adib said the details were still being worked out and a circular on the matter would be issued.

“The decision has been made, we are preparing a circular and at the same time there are still some things to be looked at,” he said.

Khairul Adib also warned civil servants not to make or spread any untrue statements about the government, adding that stern action would be taken against those who did.

“We are looking at civil servants who spread untruths (and) we will take action,” he said.

He added that in the past three months, the department had taken disciplinary action against three civil servants for spreading false information.