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Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (left) speaks to outgoing Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa (right) and his successor Datuk Seri Ismail Bakar at Perdana Putra. Bernama pic.

PUTRAJAYA: Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa today conveyed his last message to civil servants urging them to uphold dedication and integrity of the civil service.

“Today is the last day of my service as the Chief Secretary to the Government after more than six years helming the post.

“The dedication and integrity of the civil service are critical. We have always carried out our responsibilities to the best of our abilities in administrating the nation and taking care of the people’s wellbeing.

“This has been proven through a series of action that had been taken towards several attempts to undermine the government’s administartion,” he said in a statement today.

Ali also thanked Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, his deputy Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and all Cabinet members for their cooperation in efforts to place the country’s administration to a higher level.

“I want to extend my gratitude to the Council of Eminent Persons’ chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin and his fellow members for the guidance and views in ensuring the best practice of governance.

“I would also like to thank the civil service for its cooperation and support in serving the nation. I hope that civil servants will continue their service based on the principle of loyalty to the King and the country, as well as discharge their duties will full dedication to the government of the day,” he said.

Ali also congratulated his successor Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar on his appointment as the 14th Chief Secretary to the Government.

“I wish him well to carry out his duties to the best of his abilities and continue the outstanding record of the Office of the Chief Secretary to the Government.”

Ismail, who has been with the public service for 32 years, has vast experience in financial and economic management throughout his career.

He has also held other key positions including as the Agriculture and Agro-based Ministry secretary-general, Transport Ministry secretary-general, National Budget director at the Finance Ministry and as senior adviser at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, United States.

Ismail holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Universiti Malaya, Masters of Business Administration and PhD in Economics, both from the University of Hull, United Kingdom.

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