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State Civil Service to introduce new devt module next year — Morshidi
Posted on : 14 Dec 2017  Source of News: The Borneo Post Online

State Civil Service to introduce new devt module next year — Morshidi

December 14, 2017, Thursday

KUCHING: The State Civil Service will introduce a new development module called digital acumen next year.

State Secretary Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani pointed out that this is to ensure that employees can understand, appreciate and adopt radical (and possibly disruptive) ideas and technologies to enable digital government to flourish in the state.

“The State Civil Service is now developing new development modules to prepare the civil servants for culture change to support the digital economy. But we want to take it further and will introduce the digital acumen next year,” he said.

“Practically all civil servants, especially those from the Support Group 1 and above are now ICT-savvy. That is, they are able or required to use ICT tools and system in their work,” he added.

Morshidi highlighted this in his address at the Sarawak Civil Service Day celebration and the launch of Sarawak Multimedia Authority and the first version of the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy 2018-2022 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) yesterday.

Themed ‘Digital Government driving Digital Economy’, it was attended by more than 5,000 government employees.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiated at the ceremony.

In response to the government’s digital economy agenda, he disclosed that the State Civil Service is advancing its approach on ICT from Electronic Government (EG) to Digital Government (DG).

“Electronic Government focuses on internal improvements such as efficiency and productivity and online service delivery, with the Civil Service at the centre of it all,” he said.

“Digital Government, on the other hand, is about embracing leading-edge ideas and technologies, such as mobile computing, cloud computing, big data analytics, to disrupt, change and drastically improve its service all for the benefit of the community for better consumer experience and for the business sector in ease of doing business,” he added.

Among the significant initiatives proposed under digital government, he revealed, is the creation of ‘Service Sarawak’ as a platform to provide truly one-stop and seamless frontline services of the state government.

“Service Sarawak will provide frontline services on behalf of all state agencies, and will greatly facilitate the ease of doing business in the state,” he said.

“When launched towards the third quarter of 2018, this will revolutionise government service delivery: an implementation of the ‘no wrong door’ and ‘one government at your service’ policies,” he added.

On the need to embrace technology and take a different approach in work, Morshidi emphasised there was a need to transform as the state was faced with an increasingly globalised and competitive environment.

“New and complex challenges, rapid changes in technology, the rising expectations of our rakyat, and increasing resource constraints are just some of the forces that demand a different approach in the way we work,” he said.

“Our capacity to respond and adapt to these unavoidable forces is essential if we are to remain relevant and responsive in our service to the people and ensure Sarawak’s progress,” he added.

On the state’s performance, Morshidi revealed that Sarawak managed to sustain its economic growth at an average of 4.0 per cent per annum despite the slowdown in global economy.

“Our economic resilience is attributed to our visionary leaders that have taken bold steps to ensure continuous growth in our economy,” he said.

He added that various development initiatives to transform the state’s economy and continuous improvement and transformation in service delivery and the creation of an attractive investment climate had boosted investors’ confidence in the state.

“This has resulted in increase in foreign direct investment as well as sustained the growth of the state’s economy,” he said.

He added that the projects under the Sarawak Socio-Economic Transformation Programme implemented in the 11th Malaysia Plan which includes infrastructure and social projects, and the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), Rural Transformation Projects (RTP) and Key Result Area Projects continue to contribute to the economic growth of the state.

“We are now half way through our 5-year 11th Malaysia Plan. Out of 1,284 projects both state and federal, 70 per cent or 905 are already at various stages of completion and implementation and those in progress are expected to be completed as scheduled,” he said.

“The balance is expected to be completed within the next two remaining years before the end of the Malaysia Plan,” he added.

As for RTP which commenced in 2015, Morshidi informed that a total of 2,987 projects had been completed to date.

“Implementation of these projects involved 38 agencies statewide. These rakyat centric projects have really transformed the rural landscape and wellbeing of the rakyat,” he emphasised.

The celebration also witnessed the presentation of Excellent Financial Management Based On Accountability Index of The Year 2016 Award, Quality Sarawak Civil Service Award 2017 and Exemplary Officer Civil Service Day 2017 Award.

Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing; Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong; Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian; Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip; Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Assistant Minister Datu Len Talif Salleh were among those present.