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It seems Judin Karim, the Director-General of Malaysian Public Works Department, has not accepted his removal with hands down. He is still going to work while another KSN-appointed DG has also started work effective May 1st. So it is not easy after all to remove a professional. I salute Judin Karim for his audacity but my advice to him is that he cannot fight the power above him. Unless he could find a better job outside of the government service, he’d better comply with the directive. Most likely KSN (the Chief Secretary to the government) is acting on the order of someone higher than him, likely to be his political master. It does not help when Mahfuz of PAS is coming in to lend his support to Judin as it looks like the opposition political party has an interest in his case.

It is much easier to get rid of a PTD (Pegawai Tadbir Diplomatik) than a professional who could turn around and says that the new job he’s been assigned to has nothing to do with his qualifications. Whatever it is the KSN should have sorted this out at the beginning and save the government the embarrassment of having to be questioned/sued? Surely there is a proper procedure to appoint or remove an officer. I would have thought that it is the work of the PSC (Public Services Commission) to “promote” or “demote” an officer in the government’s service.

As I posted in my previous article on Judin, this kind of transfers without any good reasons will impact the moral of the civil service and so I note with relief that the President of Cuepacs is stepping in to look at the faster resolution of the issue.

Whatever it is let’s us see how the sharp-tongued KSN, Sidek Hassan, is going to resolve the impasse. He has to, as after all he has been again extended in his post much to the chagrin of other senior PTD officers.

Notably Judin Karim might well be the last one to laugh.

I just like to repost the paper’s article below on this interesting situation.

Tuesday June 28, 2011
Omar: Controversy over having two D-Gs in PWD must be resolved

PETALING JAYA: Cuepacs is plan-ning to meet soon with the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Sidek Hassan to resolve the problem of the two Public Works Department director-generals.

Its president Datuk Omar Osman said he had met with several PWD-related unions and Datuk Seri Dr Judin Abdul Karim – whom Sidek said would become the new Construction Industry Development Board’s (CIDB) chief executive officer effective May 1.

Sidek, in the same letter dated April 30, stated that Datuk Mohd Noor Yaacob, who was then PWD deputy director-general II, would succeed Dr Judin on May 1 as the latter would become the new CIDB chief executive officer.

“We understand there are certain unhappiness regarding the transfer,” Omar said yesterday.

Dr Judin had not accepted the offer and still goes to work everyday.

PWD Professionals Association Malaysia president Zulkifli Ahmad claimed that certain Public Service Department procedures were not properly followed, stating that a secondment outside PWD would first require the agreement of the said officer.

Zulkifli said the perception was that Dr Judin was being demoted and suggested providing him with a better package and pay grade to resolve the problem.

Mohd Noor has been carrying out official PWD director-general duties since his May 1 appointment but there is no animosity between the two.

Former senior civil servant and ASLI Centre of Public Policy chairman Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam said the problem should be settled quickly in a fair manner as it could effect the perception of the civil service.

Ramon said Dr Judin had a justification in feeling hurt if the transfer to CIDB appeared to be a demotion.

Pokok Sena MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar said he would lodge a report against the Chief Secretary.

Mahfuz, who is also PAS vice president, claimed that it was necessary to lodge a report against Sidek, as he had “lied to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong” over the issue because he claimed the secondment of Dr Judin to CIDB was made not according to proper procedure.


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