File photo. Malaysia goverment issues circular prohibiting civil servants to participate in 'illegal' assembly.

File photo. Malaysia goverment issues circular prohibiting civil servants to participate in 'illegal' assembly.

The Public Service Department (PSD) has issued a circular prohibiting civil servants from taking part in illegal assemblies or movements that may affect peace and threaten public order.

The circular dated Aug 13 and signed by the department’s director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam prohibits the following:

active involvement or participation in any movements or rallies outside office hours organised by any quarters;

using office hours or leaving the office to see or take part in marches or illegal assemblies, and

using office equipment such as photocopy machines, printers and computer to print and distribute flyers on any rallies or illegal assemblies.

Ismail said stern action would be taken against civil servants who ignored the circular.

He said civil servants are bound by regulations aimed at upholding the principles of neutrality and impartiality in dealing with the public, which are also based on the concept of integrity to ensure that the public service was stable and neutral towards any group, including movements, beliefs and political parties.

Therefore, government employees must carry out the responsibilities entrusted to them to serve the public, he added. — BERNAMA