KUALA LUMPUR - Civil servants should not to be 'blindly loyal' to the Government but uphold the principle of supporting the Government of the day mandated by the people, urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic).
He said this when listing out the four attributes of a good civil servant - loyalty, dedication, competency and integrity.
"Loyalty, but not blind loyalty, is a basic principle that should not be forgotten.
"Civil servants should not belittle the Government.
"Do not disparage the Government on your blog, email or Twitter account.
"You remain steadfast but not blindly loyal.
"If there is something wrong, you speak up about it in constructive ways," he said at the launch of Galeri Petronas' "MY story: Transforming the Nation" exhibition at Suria KLCC on Saturday.
Najib said an exemplary civil servant was also dedicated by putting in extra effort beyond office hours.
"The third attribute is competency. Competency standards last time were different than today's.
"Now, it is important to be a good communicator, even with the media," he said, adding that the fourth quality was integrity.
Najib said if all civil servants possessed the four qualities, they would serve the nation well.