Less discretionary power in public sector: DPM

By Wednesday December 17th, 2008 No Comments

PUTRAJAYA: The Government wants less use of discretionary authority among officials in the public sector as this will deter corrupt practices, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

For instance, allowing competitive bidding for tenders and contracts would reduce the use of such authority by officials, the Deputy Prime Minister said, thus reducing the opportunity for corruption.

This will certainly help efforts put in by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to ensure that integrity is alive and well in Malaysia, not just in the civil service,he said.

This was among six points outlined by Najib on what civil servants, particularly Finance Ministry staff, could do to ensure a well-oiled government machinery so that the country could progress and its economy could continue to grow.

Speaking at the Treasury quality day celebration, the Finance Minister said strengthening intellectual capital among staff was important as expertise and knowledge in economic and financial management would help the government make right and timely decisions.

The ministry and its staff need to be efficient. As a central agency that serves other ministries and agencies, our efficiency will result in others being efficient.

Even I remind myself that I too play a role in the process of efficiency,he said.

Najib said the ministry needed to come up with creative and innovative solutions because in todays challenging world, the ability to be innovative was crucial.

It is also our responsibility to ensure that every ringgit spent is worth the spending and will benefit the Government and the rakyat (citizenry), he said.

The Finance Minister said next year would be a challenging one for everyone at the Treasury as the rakyat placed high hopes on the Government to ensure they would not be burdened by the effects of a domestic and global economic slowdown.

He said it was the ministry responsibility to ensure programmes outlined by the Government were implemented, such as ensuring a high level of domestic demand and sufficient liquidity in the banking sector.

It was his ministry responsibility as well to ensure that programmes that were part of the economic stimulus package went according to schedule, he added.

Source : The Star Online

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