Accountability in the civil service


Emmanuel Joseph

While civil servants execute the policy of the ‘government of the day’, it is very much still part of that same government and must be empowered to investigate, prosecute and punish, if needed, the policymakers for breaking the law. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 12, 2022.

THE emphasis on political accountability of the executive, in tandem with the recent years of political instability and jostling, have somewhat dimmed the focus on the second, much larger component of the executive arm of government – the civil service. 

Civil servants, like their political bosses, are funded by public funds, and should face some degree of accountability. 


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