Big turnout at CM’s message ceremony

CHIEF Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg (centre) with State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Ghani, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas other state cabinets and State civil servants having a group photograph taken at the ceremony avenue. PHOTO: RAMIDI SUBARI

KUCHING: An overwhelming turnout of 1,500 state’s civil servants from various agencies gave further boost to the so-called Chief Minister’s Message to Sarawak Civil Servants ceremony at Pullman Hotel, here yesterday.

Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Haji Openg was the guest-of-honour at the event that was also saw the presence of Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and others State cabinet  ministers as well as assistant ministers and State Legislative Assemblypersons.

Johari in his message pointed out several issues regarding the State development especially on the basic infrastructure of Internet Communication Technology (ICT).

“We spend RM1 billion to upgrade ICT infrastructure; after we have the good basic infrastructure, then we can talk about the other economic development,” said Johari.

He also noted that having a good basic infrastructure alone was not enough without a good cooperative performance from the civil servants.

“It is like having a good car and best driver (the infrastructure), but without a good engine (the civil servants), the car still cannot move smoothly,” he reminded the civil servants.

Meanwhile, State Secretary, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani who also spoke said to achieve the vision of Sarawak Civil Servants (SCS) 2010-2020 (10-20), several action plans in eight key areas were developed.

“The eight key areas are namely managing culture change, managing customer needs, innovation and creativity, human resource talent management, e-government, projects and programme delivery excellence, financial management transformation, and Sarawak excellent administration,

“To support the execution of SCS 10-20 Action plan, the SCS Scorecard was implemented starting 2013 as to define it’s strategic goals and desired outcomes and ensure that these are aligned to the vision and mission of the organisation,” he noted.

In the ceremony, Johari and the attendees had an integrity pledge which was witnessed by the Director of Sarawak Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Datuk Badrul Shah Norman, as well as the launching of ‘SarawakGov App’.

The application was an official application of the State government which will deliver up to date information on Sarawak including local news, information on key events and happenings in the state, Talikhidmat Apps for public feedback, the weather, places of interest and facts, and figures about Sarawak.