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Saturday, 13 January 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

‘Improve cooperation at state and federal levels’

Federal and state government agencies must enhance their cooperation to ensure plans to develop Perak can be carried out efficiently.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said civil servants must work together to make sure that the state’s plans for the well being of the people are implemented effectively.

“I do not want to see that there are departments that cannot work smoothly together.

“We serve the state, and although the departments are under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, there must be some form of understanding at both levels.

“We are here to solve problems, and therefore we need cooperate to ensure our responsibilities are being carried out effectively,” he said during an event to deliver his New Year message to some 3,000 civil servants at the Ipoh Convention Centre on Tuesday.

Cooperation between state and federal levels of departments was among 10 points emphasised by Zambry to the civil servants.

The other points the mentri besar emphasised were confidentiality, continuity, commitment, cleanliness, success, language proficiency, preservation of natural treasures, fitness, and willingness to ensure objectives for the development of the state are fulfilled this year.

On the language proficiency, Zambry said when it comes to English translations, the facts must be checked properly first before a statement or a notice is issued.

“We cannot assume that Google translation is the best, and that every word from it must be correct.

“I hope the incident that happened at the Ipoh City Council last week, will not be repeated,” he said.

On Jan 1, the council had put up an error-ridden notice at the Perak Tourism Information Centre.

The notice, which was pasted on a glass door, was intended to inform the public about the centre’s temporary closure, but the sign went viral on social media due to the numerous grammatical errors it contained.

In closing, Zambry added that said civil servants must always take extra care in matters regarding confidentiality.

“Mistakes or negligence in safeguarding confidential matters can destroy an organisation or the government.

“Therefore, such matters cannot be taken lightly,” he added.