Sacked Public Service Dept D-G To Sue

Datuk Seri Mohd Shafiq Abdullah accused Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali of preventing him from doing his job.

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Datuk Seri Mohd Shafiq Abdullah has vowed to take legal action against the government's decision to fire him as the Public Service Department (JPA) director-general (D-G) yesterday, 12 December

"I am dissatisfied with this decision," he said in a statement today, 13 December.

Mohd Shafiq said that he will be taking legal action against those involved in this act of ill will against him despite contributing his energy and thoughts for 30 years in the public service, reported Malaysiakini.

He, however, advised public servants to remain loyal to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and ruling government, "which adheres to the principles of integrity, is not corrupt, and prioritises the interests of the people".

Mohd Shafiq said no reasonable notice for his termination was given

He said that he only received his "pink slip" on 12 December, although it was dated 1 December, according to a report in Free Malaysia Today.

Earlier, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali confirmed that Mohd Shafiq's termination was taken in accordance with Civil Servants Regulation 49(3) (Conduct and Discipline) 1993.

He was retired under Section 10(5)(d) of the Pension Act 1980, Zuki added.

Mohd Shafiq accused Zuki of preventing him from doing his job

According to the former JPA D-G, his regular spot checks and reprimands to improve the public service did not sit well with certain officers with interests in the public service, as well as outside.

He claimed that there were consistent efforts to ruin his image and reputation through social media and the mass media, which culminated in the termination of his service.

"Since I assumed the director-general post, there have been attempts to prevent me from acting in an efficient manner when several important meetings related to promotions were postponed by the Chief Secretary to the government as the chairperson of these meetings. This delay has left several important positions vacant in the public sector, notably in the top management of ministries and agencies," he said.

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