21st April, 2017
Dr Chen (right) presenting the award to a recipient as Dr Christina (second right) looks on
By MARRYAN RAZAN
KOTA KINABALU: Employees of the Ministry of Health are cautioned not to be easily influenced by false information that can affect the country’s image spreading and to refrain from spreading such information.
Health Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min said the employees should not be affected by false news and information which go viral on social media.
“As public servants, employees of the Ministry of Health should dispel these allegations spread by irresponsible parties on social media like WhatsApp and Facebook.
“For example, at present there are those who tarnish the government’s image by spreading false information that the country’s economic situation is supposedly not good and will go bankrupt.
“In addition, we see information or statistics on public service that have been distorted by certain parties who want to undermine the public service sector in Malaysia. Therefore we as citizens of the Ministry of Health should not disseminate unverified information because it is detrimental to the country,” he said.
He was speaking at the presentation of the State Health Department’s Service of Excellence Award and Appreciation Award to Pensioners as well as the Quality Excellence Award at the Tun Ahmad Raffae Auditorium here on Thursday.
At the event, 752 employees of the ministry for the Kota Kinabalu Zone received Certificates of Appreciation and Premium Savings Certificate each worth RM1,000.
Dr Chen said the Service of Excellence Award is a token of the government’s recognition to civil servants who are committed to delivering and improving services to the public.
“This recognition is also a manifestation of the government’s concern for the quality of human capital and culture of work excellence.
“I hope it will encourage all citizens in the Sabah Health Department to continue their commitment and efforts to improve productivity and their quality of work. It makes government services remain relevant as a service that is trusted by the people that meets their needs and expectations,” he said.
Earlier, Sabah Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi encouraged recipients of the Service of Excellence Award to continue making efforts to improve their work and advised others to take inspiration from the recipients to work harder so as to uplift the image of the department.
She reminded them to uphold the concept of 1Malaysia – People First, Performance Now – in improving the public service delivery system.
“For a lot of departments that deal with customers, they require a workforce that has a critical thinking ability when carrying out their responsibilities.
“The Sabah Health Department must continue to improve our level of efficiency and adhere to the philosophy of continuous improvement,” she said.