The Malaysian government has agreed to draft a Public Services Act to improve the promotion process for officers in the senior management group, as reported in Bernama.

As announced by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the new mechanism is meant to introduce further transparency and integrity, as well as reduce dissatisfaction from all quarters.

Although the promotion of officers was determined by ministers, it could not be executed on a personal basis, he said after chairing a meeting of the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption at Perdana Putra.

Dr Mahathir said that even if there was an agreement or a protest, the minister must give reasons. “It is not a case of dislike for this person or that. If there is an inappropriate case, the reasons must be given,” he said, as cited by Bernama.

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Dr Mahathir also said that, during the meeting, it was agreed that there would no longer be political appointments in the case of heads of Malaysian overseas missions, such as ambassadors and high commissioners. Only officers in the public service could be appointed to these posts.

“People who are retired and all that were given rewards to become ambassadors. We will not allow that. This is a strong action against ourselves because, of course, many members of the government party would like to enjoy life as a diplomat,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said the political appointees among the heads of Malaysian missions abroad would be recalled.

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