11 cost-cutting measures for Malaysia's civil service prove to be fruitful

PUTRAJAYA - The Government managed to save RM400 million (S$150 million) through the 11 cost-cutting measures for the public sector.

But more could be done to improve the situation and fresh measures might be introduced, said Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

"I had a brief discussion with Treasury secretary-general (Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah) on this matter. We are looking for additional ways to save more without affecting the welfare of the civil servants and the quality of public service," he said in his message to civil servants yesterday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the 11 cost-cutting measures which took effect on Jan 1 as part of the Government's efforts to promote prudent spending by the public sector.

Dr Ali added that the measures involving senior government officers were temporary.

Dr Ali also launched a booklet outlining the principles and concept in making the civil service people-oriented.

The 27-page pocket-sized booklet can also be read on the Chief Secretary to the Government's official website at www.pmo.gov.my/ksn by clicking on the MPA Booklet icon.