State’s civil service best practices a model benchmarked for emulation

Jaul addressing the Sarawak Civil Service Innovation Convention Awards (SCSICA) 2020.

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KUCHING, Dec 16: Sarawak Civil Service’s innovative and best practices have been benchmarked and used as a reference by many national agencies including the Government of Papua New Guinea.

State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion highlighted that the Perak State government, Terengganu State government, Kedah State government, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Works and Registrar of Societies (ROS) Sabah were among the national agencies who sought best practices from Sarawak.

“The Government of Papua New Guinea also visited Sarawak to benchmark our innovation,” he addressed the Sarawak Civil Service Innovation Convention Awards (SCSICA) 2020 which was officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.

Emphasising that this culture of innovation has not been fully embedded in the public sector of Sarawak, Jaul thus reassured that efforts will continue and enhance to move the Sarawak Civil Service forward.

He disclosed that up until today, 649 projects or innovative products from its innovative and creative circles (ICC) teams have been produced and gave a significant impact on the wellbeing of the people.

“Since implementation in 2010, the KIK (Innovative and Creative) Team have achieved success in the national and international levels,” he said.

Among the award-winning projects in the national level included 4 Quest and Millenium Sabe Team of Land and Survey Department which won the National Chief Secretary Award in 2011; SKIP5 Team of Sarawak State Treasury Department and Q-Inno of Sarawak Public Works Department (JKR Sarawak) – National Chief Secretary Award in 2012; SKIP6 Team – Malaysia Productivity Council Chairman Award 2014; and Help Four Team of JKR Sarawak – Malaysia Civil Service Director-General Award 2015.

At the International Convention on Quality Control Circle (ICQCC), Sarawak won 14 gold awards and one bronze award from 2011 to 2019.

“Last year, four KIK teams namely JAGU (Sri Aman District Council), DO IT3 (State Treasury Department), THE HUMMER (Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation) and Forcescap (Miri City Council) have obtained four gold at the ICQCC in Tokyo, Japan,” he said.

On the innovative products which have benefited the people in Sarawak including the ‘Application Resettlement and Extension Schemes’ (ARES) which shortened the work process period from seven months to one month and it has been replicated throughout the state Land and Survey Department.

“The ‘C-Flex H2o Intake’ has successfully supplied treated water to the rural population. It is uniformly used in treatment water plants in Tubau, Labang and Sungai Asap in Bintulu, Sebangan in Samarahan and Long Lama in Miri in which more than 23,000 people have benefitted.

“The ‘Pile Graph Taker’ to take graph reading from a distance at construction sites compared to conventional methods was created to prevent workplace accidents.

“The ‘Mars Mirror’ to live capture photos for passport application of children below two years old to reduce the time from 50 minutes to five minutes has been replicated in Sarawak, Sabah, Johor, Selangor, Putrajaya, and Kuala Lumpur,” he added.

Deputy State Secretary Datu Dr Sabariah Putit, Sarawak Federal Secretary Datuk Mohd Shahabuddin, DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian were among those present. -DayakDaily