Junior govt officers reminded not to leak classified info to public

22 Aug 2019 / 23:03 H.

PUTRAJAYA: Junior government officers involved in drafting the country’s policies must ensure that every preliminary information obtained is not to be disseminated to the public, said Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar (pix).

He said the dissemination of preliminary information and classified documents to the public could invite a host of negative public perceptions and reactions towards the conduct of the government administration.

“The existence of social media applications such as WhatsApp and Facebook should be used to channel positive messages,” he said at a meeting between government officials with the Prime Minister here today.

Ismail said the Grade 41-48 officers were the ones who would draft all the ministries’ policy papers, before being reviewed by top management.

As the future leaders, Ismail said junior officers need to improve their skills and take the opportunity to gain work experience to enhance their knowledge in order to become effective leaders.

“Civil servants need to have high self-discipline, carrying out their duties sincerely and not violating the law and have a sense of ownership.

“Don’t let the people continue to think that dealing with the government is complicated, a waste of time and inconvenient,” he said.

Ismail also advised junior officers to maintain harmony in the circle of work as it helps them perform their duties well. — Bernama

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