Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said a new method would be introduced which was transparent and stressed on integrity. NSTP/AHMAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR

PUTRAJAYA: The government is making improvements to its promotion process for government officers, especially those in the top management group.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said a new method would be introduced which was transparent and stressed on integrity.

“This will lessen any form of disatisfaction. This process also involves ministers.

“If they disagree or want to protest (any promotion), they must state their reasons.

“It is not only because one likes or dislikes a person,” he said after the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption (JKKMAR) meeting today.

In this respect, the committee had agreed to form the Public Services Act.

Dr Mahathir also said the committee had agreed with the Foreign Ministry’s request not to fill any of the ambassador posts with political appointees.

“There will be no political appointees for those who have retired to be appointed as ambassadors. We will not allow it.

“This is a strong action against ourselves because there are many members of the government party who want to enjoy life as an ambassador,” he said.

For the existing political appointed ambassadors, Dr Mahathir said they would be called back and their service terminated.

When asked if the decision would affect DAP chairman Tan Kok Wai, who is the government’s special envoy to China, Dr Mahathir replied it would not.

This was because Tan’s role was not the same as that of an ambassador, the prime minister said.

“He is based in Malaysia and only goes there (to China) to do work,” he said.

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