The Straits Times
Published on Oct 14, 2012

Malaysia's civil service union seeks clarification on rule for travel abroad


PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The union representing civil servants in Malaysia has asked the government to explain a new move which requires civil servants who wish to travel abroad to first seek approval from their ministry's secretary-general.

A circular dated Oct 1 also stated that all public officers should declare that they had sufficient financial ability for the visit.

It was signed by Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa, purportedly to improve the public service delivery system.

Cuepacs president Datuk Omar Osman said he would meet Dr Ali for a clarification on Wednesday.