Tuesday, January 23, 2007


MB’s way to expose skivers


KLANG: Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has found a way to turn the tables on government employees who pretend to be sick and submit false medical certificates (MCs).

Armed with flowers and fruit baskets, Dr Khir has visited the homes of some supposedly ill employees and caught them out fishing, visiting their in-laws or running personal errands.

“Some were very shocked to see me (when they returned), apologised for their dishonesty and promised not to do it again.

“Others, however, are quite stubborn. Not only do they not want to admit wrong, but blame their doctors for insisting on giving them MCs although they did not want them,” said Dr Khir.

A former dentist, the Mentri Besar said he was quite well-versed with false MC tricks as some patients had given all sorts of excuses, including gum problem and toothache just to get medical chits.

He related his experiences dealing with such patients in his morning address to Klang district civil officers and employees yesterday.

Dr Khir said state employees who needed to attend to urgent personal matters should be honest with their bosses.

“Cheating using MCs is not the way out. If you genuinely need time out to attend to urgent family matters, tell your bosses.

“It boils down to a sense of responsibility. Getting away with false MCs is not a sign of being clever but an attitude of dishonesty. You get caught and the trust is gone, it will affect your chances of promotion,” said Dr Khir.

He called on state employees to work with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in improving the delivery system to the public and investors.

Dr Khir added the state employees should work for the people instead of “syok sendiri” (for personal satisfaction).

“Going for long tea breaks, ignoring the public, using the office Internet for personal use – these are attitudes that don't benefit the public,” said Dr Khir.

Instead, he wants employees to follow the state's guidelines on settling inquiries and problems raised within two weeks.

“Reply to the letters sent by the public, do not keep them in the dark. That’s really impolite and shows a poor sense of accountability,” said Dr Khir.

He also warned the state employees to steer clear of corruption.

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