Public Service Bill has agreement of all parties — Abu Kassim

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KUALA LUMPUR (April 11): All disagreements between several Ministers and interested parties in working out the clauses of the Public Service Bill have been resolved and an agreement reached, said the Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC).

Its director-general Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed said the Bill will go through the process and be re-submitted to the Cabinet Meeting before it is tabled in Parliament.

"All that have been integrated and there were no problems. It has all been resolved. We will take it back to the Cabinet,” he told reporters after appearing as a panelist in the 'INTAN Leaders Talk Series (Ethics and Integrity)’ programme titled 'National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP): The Way Forward in Malaysia', held at the Institut Tadbir Awam Negara (INTAN) here today.

However, he refused to comment on when the new Bill will be re-submitted to the Cabinet.

On March 31, the local media reported that several Ministers had voiced their protest over some terms in the Public Service Bill which is expected to be tabled in Parliament this July.

Asked which part of the contents or draft of the Bill caused dissatisfaction among certain quarters, Abu Kassim said: “After this process is completed, we will tell what the content really is.”

The Bill will be introduced to separate power between civil servants and political administration to increase integrity among civil servants and create a good administration.

Meanwhile, the INTAN Leaders Talk Series (Ethics and Integrity) is a discussion of the perspectives and experiences of civil servants and relevant parties on ethics and integrity.

It was held in conjunction with INTAN’s 60th anniversary and attended by 350 civil servants from federal and state agencies as well as statutory bodies.