PUTRAJAYA, March 25 -- The work-from-home period for civil servants has been extended until April 14 following the announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today.
Public Service Department (PSD) director-general Datuk Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Rahman said a circular dated March 17, 2020 on Work From Home following the implementation of the Movement of Control Order (MCO) and the closure of government premises, along with its frequently asked questions, will still be applicable during the extension period.
“Some civil servants have been ordered to work from home following the closure of government premises while the rest are required to come in to work in the office as usual under the current situation,” he said in a statement here today.
Among the public service sectors involved in essential services are the health, safety, food, logistics and utilities sectors, he said. “These sectors are now working together and tirelessly to combat the spread of the COVID-19 infection and at the same time, to ensure that basic necessities of the people are not affected,” he added.
Mohd Khairul Adib said in accordance with the oath and pledge of allegiance they took, civil servants are well-trained to put the country first beyond self-interest.
“We were appointed to address the problems faced by the country and the people. The challenges faced today reflect our dedicated services to the nation and the people.
“No matter what happens, even if we have to stay away from our families and face the risk of infection, it is our duty to ensure that it is carried out with dedication,” he said.
Mohd Khairul Adib also urged civil servants to be good role models to society by complying with the the MCO, and play an important role to the family members and community by advising them to adhere to the order to stay at home.
He also reminded civil servants that they should not be party to spreading fake news which could cause panic among people.
“As civil servants, we must disseminate the right information from reliable and accurate sources. To date, every ministry has set up a hotline to enable people to obtain information directly from the respective ministries,” he said.
The MCO from March 18 to March 31 has been extended to April 14 following an announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today
He said the extension of the MCO period was announced early to enable the public to be prepared.
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