PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has called upon civil servants to work with the government leadership to bring about change to bring back the country to its glorious days.
Addressing the staff of the Prime Minister’s Department in Putrajaya this morning – his first meeting with them since his appointment as Prime Minister last Nov 24 – Anwar said civil servants need to bring the spirit of islah (bringing back a situation to a correct, accurate and appropriate state) for the sake of the country.
Reform is required for the country to change, he said, adding that Malaysia had reached a certain level before, but unfortunately it had declined in terms of economy, stability and discipline.
“We may not be successful if the civil service is not with me,” he pointed out.
Anwar said the public service is a pillar of the country and it will not change even if there is a change in the government or the prime minister.
“Leaders come and go, but civil servants remain in upholding the system and rules of the country,” he said, adding that based on his experience as finance minister previously, he would not have succeeded without the help of the civil service.
Therefore, Anwar said, he wants all his soon-to-be-appointed Cabinet members to forge good working relations with civil servants.
“Listen to their views … our intelligence, our tenacity, our interest will not be the same as their (civil servants) experience,” he added. – Nov 29, 2022
Main pic credit: Sadiq Asyraf/Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia