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January 24, 2007

NST: PSD to crack down on ‘missing’ civil servants

Filed under: Politics — Major (Rtd) Teoh @ 12:15 pm

NST: PSD to crack down on ‘missing’ civil servants

What is the grand idea of publishing their names in the newspapers. I feel that this is all a waste of time and money.

There is something in the Employment Act 1955 for PSD to pattern after. Please see section 15 (2) of this Act.  Amongst other things it says:

Quote ” ……. (2) An employee shall be deemed to have broken his contract of service with the employer if he has been continuously absent from work for more than two consecutive working days without prior leave from his employer, unless he has a reasonable excuse for such absence and has informed or attempted to inform his employer of such excuse prior to or at the earliest opportunity during such absence.

……” unquote.

There is no necessity for PSD to trace them. Why should the “perigi” (well) go to the “timba” (pail)? It is sheer absurdity. Just issue a show cause letter to them at the last known address in your record. 

If there is no reply forth coming or if there is no just cause for their absence, just hold an inquiry and then proceed to dismiss them. The onus is on the staff to prove that he should continue to be employed. There are many Industrial Court cases on this subject for PSD to refer to.

In my opinion, it is most unfair to hold the public at ransom and PSD is not obliged to keep this post vacant for them till the end of time.

Again as usual I am bewildered why no such action is instituted on the errant staff? Can it be that all are corrupted, so corrupted that nobody dares to even lift a finger lest they are implicated too?

Just sharing.


Major (Rtd) Teoh

PSD to crack down on ‘missing’ civil servants
23 Jan 2007 Farrah Naz Karim

PUTRAJAYA: They skip work for days, causing hardship and inconvenience to
many, including their colleagues and the public.

These civil servants who go absent without leave (AWOL) are usually busy
with their side businesses, dealing with personal problems or simply unable
to work because they are high on drugs.

The Public Service Department has vowed to put a stop to the shenanigans.

Unlike before, when they were sent reminders and notices, the PSD will now
publish their names, positions and addresses in newspapers.

Failure to respond within seven days will result in automatic dismissal and
a loss of pension.

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