| Azlan Othman |
THE Minister of Religious Affairs, Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman, called for efficient administration within his workforce, urging staff to be accurate, take prompt action when required and not to work like a machine, but be a thinker.
Speaking at the 21st Public Service Day celebration for the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) yesterday, the minister said that because of the pace of globalisation, creation of new technologies and a high demand for the development of our surroundings, it is very important that an efficient administration exists.
People demand efficient service and the MoRA must always assess the way it performs its work.
The minister said, “A thinker will view critically the future of any organisation, people, religion and the nation.
“A person should always be proactive in solving problems or implementing the means to accomplish any objective and not delay their work to prevent it from eventually piling-up.
“To support our national philosophy, Malay Islamic Monarchy, which is also upheld by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the workforce should be well-versed in religious issues, ceremonial customs and traditions, and familiar with state dignitaries.
“We have just passed the five-year strategic plan of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (2010-2014) where the majority of objectives were achieved. Objectives that are yet to be attained, should continue to berealised. And we will start the new phase of the strategic plan for 2015-2019, which requires us to better improve our administration.”
The minister then presented souvenirs and certificates of appreciation to 35 retired staff and four recipients of the Excellent Officer Award. In addition, a new website of the ministry was also launched – www.kheu.gov.bn.
The minister also launched the ministry’s 7th Customers Day, which will run for three days from February 26-28, which is showcasing exhibitions and demonstrations on slaughtering animals, jenazah (corpse) management, a car wash service and selling of local handicraft and food by members of Empowerment Programme of Tithe Recipients (PROPAZ).
A stage show by students will also take place and stalls representing Hana Soy, Mr Softy, Excapade Sushi, Wira Bina, Seri Pakatan, Chop Jing Chew, Silla Korean restaurant, Semaun Marine Resources, Casnah London Kebab, Autie Anne’s Pretzel, BMC, Ghanim International, PDS and KTM, have also been set up.