New Chief Secretary pledges to engage with all

KUALA LUMPUR - Newly-appointed Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa pledges to engage with all levels of the society, including the non-governmental organisations, Cuepacs and the media, in discharging his responsibilities.

He said it was crucial to access the various stakeholders to gather their views that would help him in planning and implementing initial efforts towards transforming the civil services.

"I will also work with the Special Review Commission on Civil Service Transformation to ensure balance political and administration interests.

"I want to strengthen the civil service human capital, especially the support staff and the professionals, as well as give priority to the welfare of the civil servants," he said after receiving his appointment letter as Chief Secretary from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday.

Ali also urged all those in the public services to work with him in boosting the sector so that it would be on a par with the prime minister's inspiration to turn Malaysia into a developed nation by 2020 via the Government Transformation Programme, Economic Transformation Programme and Rural Transformation Programme platforms.

Ali, who is the director-general of the Public-Private Partnership Unit in the Prime Minister's Department will assume the chief secretary position effective from Sunday.

Ali, 56, has held several other senior positions in the civil service, including as director of the disbursement division in the Economic Planning Unit and deputy director-general of the National Transformation and Advancement Programme.

Ali, who holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Universiti Malaya and a Master in Economics as well as a PhD in Environmental Science and Economics from Oklahoma State University, began his career in the civil service as the Trade and Industry Ministry assistant secretary in the Administrative and Diplomatic Service on Jan 5, 1981.

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