PUTRAJAYA: Administrative and Diplomatic service (PTD) officers were today urged to adopt the ‘Bersih, Cekap, Amanah’ (Clean, Efficient, Trustworthy) motto when rendering their services to the people.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made the call, stressing on the need for PTD officers to be free from corruption and to hold firm to a strong compass when executing their duties.
“These three values are important for every person, a community and a nation in order for them to succeed,” he said in his speech at the townhall session with more than 3,500 PTF officers.
The townhall, themed Way Forward: The Rise of Authentic Leadership today, was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa.
Dr Mahathir had said these three values, if upheld and put into practice, could help in suppressing negative temptations.
“These values will not only help to discipline oneself, but also improve the government administration.”
He also classified corruption into two categories – under the table and on the table.
The Prime Minister expressed his fear that the country could be destroyed when corruption was done in the open.
During the session, he was also asked on the selection criteria for the appointment of secretaries-general.
The premier had said apart from studying a candidate’s resume, he would also consider the candidate’s experience and character.
“My advice is that one should not get personally involved. Wait for the recommendation of candidates,” he added.
On the issue heavy school bags, Dr Mahathir said the government would look into it and a study would be conducted.
He also shared his experience during his school days where he had to carry his school books, adding that, he did not have a bag to carry them.
“I will check tomorrow’s time table and bring only relevant books to school,” he added.
It was reported that the Education Ministry under the previous government had completed its report on the heavy school bags issue, confirming that pupils in national and vernacular schools were lugging around school bags that were too heavy for them.
The report’s recommendation includes getting schools to observe international standards on the load pupils can carry based on their age and weight.
The Prime Minister also agreed to a proposal to change the ‘Saya yang Menurut Perintah’ slogan in all government letters and circulars to ‘Saya yang Menjalankan Amanah’. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd