KUCHING: Eight hundred and fifty three civil servants from the State Health Department yesterday received the Excellence Service Awards at a ceremony held at Penview Convention Centre here.
The civil servants were from the southern zone areas, namely Kuching, Samarahan, Serian and Sri Aman.
State Health Department Director Dr Jamilah Hashim presented the awards to the recipients.
In her speech, Jamilah said, “Civil servants are the backbone of the government which strives to provide the best service to the people.”
She pointed out that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently asked the civil servants to be loyal to the country and called on them to lend support to the government of the day so that the work for the betterment and prosperity of the nation could be delivered.
Dr Mahathir, she added, also said that loyalty to the country should take precedence above personal interest.
In her speech, Jamilah also talked about the on-going transformation of the State Civil Service with Sarawak shifting towards the Industry 4.0 revolution and embracing the Digital Economy.
She advised the civil servants to stay away from corruption and not to act like “Little Napoleons”. (Little Napoleon is often described as one who is pugnacious, arrogant and abrasive, especially a person in power.)