PUTRAJAYA, May 24 ― The government did not take disciplinary action against…
Ali Hamsa: No disciplinary action on 16 civil servants because they retired
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Ali said the 16 officers were part of a group of 64 officers who were released by the relevant disciplinary boards.
“When (disciplinary) proceedings are initiated and if the officers are already on pension, we cannot take disciplinary action, unless there is already criminal or investigative cases,” he said during a townhall session here.
Ali said, however, that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) can carry on with its cases against civil servants regardless whether they had retired or were still in service.
He confirmed that these 16 retired officers were not cases under the MACC.
Ali was giving the breakdown of the follow-up action taken on the 49 punitive reprimands in the Auditor-General's (A-G) Report 2014, which resulted in disciplinary proceedings and investigation by the MACC on 99 civil servants.
The vast majority of the 1,613 corrective reprimands in the 2014 audit were addressed, while action to bring about improvements were still ongoing for the remaining 382.
The MACC is still probing three cases based on the 2012-2014 annual audit reports, while 147 officers were punished including an individual who was both slapped with a surcharge and dismissed from civil service.
The most common action taken against the 147 was warnings (67), followed by surcharge (29), deferments of salaries (14) and pay cuts (10).
When asked if there were plans to introduce harsher disciplinary action to deter wrongdoing by civil servants, Ali said the civil service will use the existing range of punishment available.
“We look at the current laws and I think it's punitive enough,” he said.
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