Innovative civil service, assures Jaul

Jaul with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. Photo: JaPen

KUCHING: The Sarawakcivil service will continue to pursue new ideas and approaches in order to break obsolete and conventional administrative methods.

State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion said the Innovation Month and Sarawak Civil Service Innovation Convention Awards (SCSICA) provided the space as well as opportunity to come up with new ways of doing things.

“With the continuous efforts to inculcate the values of innovative culture by the State Service Modernisation Unit, Chief Minister’s Department over the years, I hope that there will be new fresh and competitive ideas as well as approaches to replace the conventional methods that have been practised for so long which are no longer relevant and disadvantageous.

“As such, I am urging for the innovation products to be implemented and integrated into actionable and implementation plans. This will assist in identifying and solving problems faced by the people especially those in the rural areas,” he said.

He was speaking at the SCSICA 2021 ceremony in conjunction with the official closing of the Sarawak Civil Service Innovation Month 2021 at the State Legislative Assembly Complex here on Thursday (Oct 14).

On this year’s theme – ‘Innovation: Breaking Through Norms’, Jaul said it was apt and relevant with the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

He pointed out that it provided civil servants with the opportunity to be more creative, critical and constructive in innovative practices.

He noted that civil servants were required to look for ideas to transform the conventional ways of working to new and innovative ways to suit the current situation as well as the new norm.

“In the past 10 years, agencies have produced various innovative products and these products must be applied to bring significant impacts according to current needs.

“Innovation creations are not merely for the sake of fulfilling the terms of a competition or wining only. High impact innovation products should reach a wider scope of services that can cover all walks of life in both urban and rural areas.

“In other words, no one is left behind or marginalised in benefiting from the innovation framework that we are implementing now and for the future,” he said.

He pointed out that social inclusivity was one of the key recommendations in the Post Covid Development Strategy 2030 (PCDS 2030) launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in July this year.

“Therefore, the people in remote places must always be borne in mind when creating an innovation so that they can also benefit from the government services,” he said.