PUTRAJAYA - Civil servants can expect “good news” in Budget 2018, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Adding that improvements and new initiatives for public sector employees were on the cards, he however did not give further details.
“I know many of you are waiting for certain announcements. God willing, I will deliver some good news in the Budget. Please be patient,” he said when addressing the annual civil servants assembly yesterday.
Budget 2018 will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat on Oct 27.
Earlier, he said future challenges would require the people to play their part in maintaining peace in order for the Government to come up with new initiatives and for civil servants to be more efficient in problem solving.
He said that geopolitical risks, including crises among Muslim Gulf nations, the North Korean nuclear programme and the implications of Brexit all have an effect on Malaysia.
“The rise in the number of cases involving violence, extremism and bombings in public places are also a cause for concern.
“These threats need to be tackled and contained to stop it spreading onto our soil.
“Which is why the Government is closely monitoring the peace and security of the country.
“We also need to ensure that everyone, including civil servants, are neither influenced nor take part in activities organised by extremist groups such as the Islamic State,” he said.
The Prime Minister said there were also challenges in ensuring the interests and welfare of the people were looked after and that their demands are met, but that the Government is committed to ensuring all will enjoy development.
On the National Transformation 2050 plan, Najib said the journey required civil servants to be loyal and committed to their work.
“Civil servants must strive to be more efficient and go beyond their usual achievements.
“More importantly, we must always raise the bar high and continue to keep that bar high to create more success stories for Malaysia,” he said.