Constitutional Position of Public Services: Some Thoughts for Reform

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    TUN HUSSEIN ONN CHAIR IN INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AT ISIS MALAYSIA

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    “Constitutional Position of Public Services: Some Thoughts for Reform”

    Public servants are the backbone of the Government. The enforcement of laws and policies rest on their professional competence, integrity and efficiency. Despite detailed constitutional and legal provisions for the organisation, functions, control, accountability, service conditions and safeguards for public servants, there is a plenitude of structural, legal, and financial challenges and problems in the Malaysian public service. It is seen as bloated, elitist and seriously unrepresentative. It lacks constitutional and legal literacy. It does not exhibit political neutrality in federal-state relations. Its regulatory influence over statutory bodies and GLCs prevents innovation and initiative. This was not always so. For many decades the Malaysian civil service was a paradigm for other Asian societies. We seem to have lost that shine. Efforts must be made to recapture it.

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    Speaker:

    Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Hj Shad Saleem Faruqi
    Fourth Holder of the Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies at ISIS Malaysia

     

    Date 26 August 2020
    Time 2:30pm
    Venue ISIS.Virtual (Via Zoom Webinar)

     

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