December 19th, 2010

Usah gentar akui silap

 PUTRAJAYA: Agensi kerajaan tidak perlu gentar mengakui kesalahan dan melakukan perubahan terhadap kelemahan yang dikenal pasti bagi memastikan setiap perancangan untuk rakyat dapat dilaksanakan dengan jayanya.

Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak berkata, sebelum ini, keputusan dibuat mungkin dirasakan tepat, tetapi apabila ditetapkan syarat ia menyukarkan pelaksanaan sesuatu perkara atau projek itu.


Menurutnya, punca harus dikaji dan diperbetulkan jika sesuatu perancangan itu tidak menjadi dan ia mungkin berkait rapat dengan syarat ditetapkan tidak anjal, terlalu berat atau mustahil dapat dilaksanakan.

“Oleh itu, agensi kerajaan harus mempunyai keberanian mengubahnya dan kita perlu mengakui jika sesuatu yang dibuat itu perlu dikaji, disemak semula kerana apa juga keputusan kerajaan sudah diketahui umum kerana dizahirkan secara terbuka.


“Kita sebagai agensi pusat yang menguruskan kewangan negara perlu menentukan keputusan kerajaan dilaksanakan sepenuhnya,” katanya pada perhimpunan khas bersama warga Kementerian Kewangan di sini, semalam.


Turut hadir, Menteri Kewangan Kedua, Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.

Najib berkata, ia mungkin ada kaitan dengan kelemahan aspek kementerian yang mengendalikan, selain ada masalah tanah atau kegagalan kontraktor, tetapi mungkin juga disebabkan syarakat ditetapkan terlalu berat dan ketat.


Oleh itu, katanya, beliau berharap agensi berkaitan perlu ada keberanian bagi mengubah keputusan yang sudah ditentukan lebih awal itu. “Dalam Rancangan Malaysia ke-10 (RMK-10), Bajet 2011 dan sebagainya, apa yang kita cadangkan itu harus dapat dilaksanakan, jika kita dapat tahu sesuatu itu tidak berlaku, kita mesti tahu kenapa,” katanya.

Najib berkata, kerajaan sudah menggariskan agenda utama seperti Program Transformasi Kerajaan (GTP), Model Baru Ekonomi (MBE) dan Inisiatif Penyelidikan Strategik (SRI), yang perlu diterjemahkan oleh agensi kerajaan berkaitan supaya matlamat berkenaan boleh dicapai.


Dalam keadaan itu, katanya, perlu ada percambahan fikiran di kalangan kakitangan awam secara keseluruhan dan tidak hanya terhad kepada Kementerian Kewangan bagi mencetuskan idea kreatif dan inovatif bagi menyahut cabaran itu.


“Idea yang baik dan bernas hanya titik permulaan serta diikuti dengan perancangan teliti, tindakan tepat selain pelaksanaan yang mantap berdasarkan garis panduan atau peraturan sedia ada serta disusuli pula dengan proses pemantauan dan memperoleh maklum balas.

“Bagaimanapun, jika garis panduan dan peraturan itu tidak memenuhi prinsip keadilan atau undang-undang...ia perlu dikaji semula bagi mengelak ketidakadilan berpunca daripada apa-apa yang kita tentukan,” katanya.


Sumber: myMetro Setempat Disember 17, 2010

Change has to be encouraged

 THE STAR SAYS . . .

The Prime Minister has called on civil servants to be brave and make changes to conditions and regulations hindering government plans from being executed effectively.

Addressing a special year-end gathering for Finance Ministry staff last Thursday, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pointed out that they should not hesitate to make a “bumpy or rocky path” smooth.

The Prime Minister’s reminder is timely, considering that Malaysia is now embarking on a major transformation initiative. But the courage to make changes is not automatic.

Even in the private sector, there are many companies that prefer their workers not to rock the boat. Many managers frown upon those who are brave, or foolish enough, to want to suggest changes.

So, when you consider the civil service, the challenge to change may seem too formidable a task. Be that as it may, we must acknowledge that there have been many changes, especially in the front-line agencies, that have made life easier for the people. Pemudah, the body that brought together top people in the public and private sectors to help smoothen the delivery system, has done a wonderful job in this respect.

Likewise, the work of Pemandu in driving the Government Transformation Programme has resulted in positive changes in many areas. But it is also a fact of life that there is a massive structure within the civil service that operates beyond public scrutiny and accountability.

So what the Prime Minister is suggesting, perhaps, is that even without official directives, these civil servants must be brave enough to innovate and initiate changes if they feel this would help make things run smoothly. Let us take the recent example of traffic summonses which resulted in long queues and computer breakdowns.

This is a perennial problem that provides an opportunity for the police and other civil servants to come up with solutions. We should not have to wait for some major policy decision to be announced or for some private company to grab the opportunity to sell its solutions to the Government.

The real challenge, therefore, is to provide an environment within the civil service where people down the ranks are rewarded for coming up with creative solutions to any existing problem. Then they will not only be brave but be more than willing to make changes.



Source: News Home > Columnists > The Star Says Sunday December 19, 2010

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