Cuepacs calls for civil servant as AG

The Attorney-General’s Chambers in Putrajaya.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has proposed for the appointment of key personnel such as the attorney-general to be from members of the civil service.

Cuepacs president Adnan Mat said there were civil servants of calibre in the existing legal and judicial services, who would have extensive experience and knowledge to advise the government.

“Furthermore, they (members of the civil service) have always adopted a neutral stance in carrying out their duties for the people and the nation,” he said in a statement here today.

The current attorney-general, Tommy Thomas, was appointed to the post from private practice. He recently resigned from the position following the resignation of Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister.

Cuepacs also suggested that the appointment of heads of communications in government agencies should be reviewed.

“The government communications machinery should be appointed from among the civil service members with roles and functions that are relevant to the field of communications at government agencies. Through this appointment, they (those appointed from among the group) will surely provide effective task management in the interests of the government,” he said.

Adnan said the government needed to change the policy of appointing those from outside the civil service.

He hoped that the matter would be viewed seriously by the government adding that the civil service had performed admirably during the political turmoil faced by the country in the past week.