'Exit' policy hailed

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PETALING JAYA: Present and past government employees are supportive of an "exit" policy for those who are not fulfilling their duties, as announced by the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan.

Now that the retirement age for the public sector has been increased by another two years to 60, there is a need to weed out the 'deadwood', The Malay Mail found in a random survey.

Former Public Service Department (PSD) director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam said the principle of a performance-based system is simple: “If employees don't reach their expected performance level, they have to go for training, but if that doesn't work, they just have to ‘go'.”

He said the government has been accommodating so far but it must now be more strict.

“There were occasions when certain people should leave, and only some left after they were sent for counseling,” said Ismail.

He said the new 'exit' policy is a necessary move, provided there are procedures in place to ensure it is done without malice.

Haji Muhammad Awang Teh, who retired from the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation in January, said there will always be people who are a burden in any organisation, in both the public and private sectors.

"This problem is more obvious in civil service than in the private sector. Such non-performing staff has a negative influence on colleagues and give a bad image to the public," he said.

"The government has to remove non-performing staff in order to improve the delivery and gain confidence of the rakyat. There is also a need to reward talented staff to remain."

Intan Illani Datuk Mohd Azani, a newcomer in the Attorney-General's Chambers, said the 'exit' policy is necessary.

“I think it will help create a leaner and better government, and the possibility of being pushed out will motivate most civil servants to challenge themselves and improve," she said.

Intan said the government should also provide incentives for talented staff who may otherwise be lured into the private sector.

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