Ali Hamsa: Termination of council chief’s tenure at Selangor’s request
The termination of secondment of Datuk Zainal Abidin A’ala as the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) president, which took effect yesterday, was made at the request of the Selangor government, said Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Ali Hamsa.
He said he was informed by the Selangor State Secretary, through a letter dated October 15, 2012, that Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim had decided another officer would replace Zainal Abidin.
“Taking into account the decision made by the Selangor Mentri Besar and the local authority, the Public Service Department (PSD) had on November 6 issued a letter of approval for the proposed termination of secondment of Zainal Abidin as MPS president effective November 15, 2012.
“The transfer letter for Zainal Abidin was issued on November 9, stating that he will be transferred to the National Institute of Public Administration (Intan) effective November 15, 2012 is in line with the request from the Selangor government,” Ali told reporters here today.
Zainal Abidin’s sudden transfer to Intan had sparked controversy as it was said to be connected with a 29-storey condominium project next to Batu Caves, Selangor.
Ali said in order to fill the vacant top post at the council, the PSD had submitted the names of 14 suitable candidates for the Selangor government’s consideration, but it was learnt that the Selangor government already had their preferred candidate.
When asked on the position of Health Director-General Datuk Seri Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman, who had pleaded guilty to committing ‘khalwat’ (close proximity) with Wan Syarifah Nooraazmanita Wan Hassan, also an officer with the Health Ministry, Ali said the couple would face disciplinary action according to the Public Officers (Conduct and Discipline) Regulations 1993.
He said the ministry’s secretary-general had also notified the Public Service Commission (PSC), which would decide the type of punishment to be imposed on the duo, including whether to issue a warning letter, fines, curtailment of emoluments and a demotion.
The couple were also ordered to take leave pending a decision by the PSC, he said.
Ali, however, did not dismiss the possibility that a new health director-general would be appointed.
Meanwhile, in response to Petaling Jaya City Council member Derek Fernandez’s remarks branding civil servants as ‘monkeys’, Ali said it was indeed an insult to civil servants.
He said people should be careful and learn their facts before making any statements.
“I’m leaving it to the civil servants to make a decision with regard to this.
“We are human beings. None of us are monkeys. I do not think we should be labelled as monkeys,” he said.
In his response to PSD’s candidates for the post of Petaling Jaya Mayor, Fernandez was reported by an English daily last Monday as saying: “Let’s see who the candidates are. If they are going to nominate some monkeys, we will reject.”
"We are human beings. None of us are monkeys. I do not think we should be labelled as monkeys,” he said. - then you should remind all civil servants, regardless of their rank, to treat and serve the public as human beings, not to behave like they owe the public a favour. Remind them also that their wages come from the public, not the ruling party.
It would be terrible for anyone to wish for UMNO-BN held Putrajaya's brand of "best democracy" to be inflicted on anyone.
But truth is, what's happening in Sarawak under Taib is not exactly Uutopia, no?
Hard to tell who are suffering more - the folks under the thumb of Taib directly, or trapped in one way or another by the tenacles of UMNO/BN.