'Don't be influenced by IS ideologies', says Malaysian Govt

'Don't be influenced by IS ideologies', says Malaysian Govt

PUTRAJAYA - Civil servants are urged not to be influenced by the ideologies of the Islamic State (IS).

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa said the Government will not compromise with anyone involved with IS or any other "extremism-related activities".

"In the age of ICT and globalisation, a lot of uncensored information are available on social media such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

"As a public servant, we should be able to judge information we receive via social media and learn to avoid from being influenced by negative things, including the IS ideology.

"The best form of jihad for civil servants is to provide the best service to the people and society," Ali said at the Prime Minister's Department Excellent Service Award 2014 ceremony here yesterday.

He did not deny the possibility that some civil servants were influenced by IS but stressed that the Government does not want it to spread.

Meanwhile, Ali said the Government will consider Cuepacs' demand to increase the minimum wage of civil servants.

However, any decision made will have to take into consideration the country's current financial status, he said.

"We are already looking into this matter (Cuepacs' demand). However, we require a bit of time. We need to look at the impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the country's financial status and so on.

"At the same time, the Government wants to reduce the fiscal deficit of the country, but the welfare of the civil servants will still be a priority to us," he told reporters later.

A total of 1,966 staff members from 58 agencies under the PM's Department received awards yesterday for their excellent performance last year.

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