Ismail: No sabotage, just following procedures

NST Online

PUTRAJAYA: Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Ismail Bakar today said the Public Service Commission (PSC) is not sabotaging the government by giving officers hired by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government lower grades and salaries.

“We are not sabotaging the government,” he said in a tweet, while sharing a news article by a local daily.

Ismail who spoke to the English daily said the PSC was correcting breaches made in hiring by the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) administration as well as following procedures set by the new government to clean up the process of political appointments.

“The previous government did not follow some of the procedures on appointing new officers.

“Now the new government want us to follow the procedures as in the manifesto to return integrity and good governance,” he told the Malay Mail earlier.

He said this following claims that the PSC and Public Service Department (PSD) were going against the orders of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

News quoting anonymous sources said PSD officers on their own discretion reassigned the grades of newly appointed officers in Dr Mahathir’s Cabinet and this would affect their salaries.

Ismail who refuted these claims, said the government was guided by a 2012 government circular on posts and service matters relating to the offices of ministers and deputy ministers.

“Moving forward, we will check the starting point for the salary in each of the grade. For example, for Grade 54, maybe the starting will be at higher level instead of middle level,” he said.

Ismail explained that procedures on political appointments by the PH government were being carried out in accordance with the rules and called for understanding.

“We are not sabotaging the government. I hope everybody understands the situation and does not escalate the issue,” he added.

It was reported last month that a large number of political appointees including political secretaries, press secretaries, special functions officers and special officers, have not received their salaries for more than two months.

Dr Mahathir said last week that stubborn civil servants seen as loyal to the former Barisan Nasional (BN) administration had refused to pay the salaries of officers of ministers under the PH government.

Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Ismail Bakar. - NSTP FILE PIC

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