Prudent spending sends strong message

LETTERS: All government departments and agencies — whether at federal or state level — should emulate the step taken by the prime minister who chose not to hold the Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house at his official residence in Seri Perdana this year.

It sends a strong signal that all the government officials will endure hardship together with the public through difficult times.

We need to be more cautious and smarter when dealing with public money. It is important to note that Islam also encourages its followers to avoid gluttony, waste and extravagance at all times.

According to the instructions given by the Chief Secretary to the Government (KSN), to ensure optimal government spending, the organisation of events, ceremonies, meetings, seminars and workshops is restricted to programmes deemed necessary.

Meetings are encouraged to be held online or via video conferencing to reduce logistical spending, optimise time and reduce claims on expenses.

"Public expenditure should be used prudently, moderately, and in line with actual needs to reduce the government's financial commitment and avoid wasting resources," according to the circular.


Associate Professor, Faculty of Syariah & Law, Universiti Sains Islam


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