‘Unvaccinated civil servants in Malaysia may face disciplinary action or termination’

KUALA LUMPUR (CNA) – Civil servants in the Malaysian federal government departments could face disciplinary action or termination of service if they fail to complete the COVID-19 vaccination under a new immunisation policy which takes effect from November 1.

Bernama reported that a circular posted in the Public Service Department (PSD) website on Monday said that civil servants could be instructed to complete their vaccination from that date.

The directive, which comes under the PSD’s COVID-19 Immunisation Implementation Policy for Federal Public Service Officers, warned that failure to comply with the policy might result in disciplinary action or termination of service.

“On or after November 1, 2021, any officer who fails to comply with the head of department’s instructions may result in disciplinary action or termination of service,” according to the circular signed by PSD Director-General Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Rahman.

The PSD had earlier issued a statement on September 30 announcing that all federal civil servants were required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 before November 1.

Almost 98 per cent of civil servants have been inoculated, it said, adding that 1.6 per cent or 16,902 people have yet to register to be vaccinated.

Malaysian federal government departments including the Prime Minister’s Department, in Putrajaya. PHOTO: CNA