Published: Friday October 12, 2012 MYT 11:08:00 PM
Updated: Friday October 12, 2012 MYT 11:18:44 PM
New regulations for public officers making personal visits overseas
KUALA LUMPUR: The Prime Minister's Department (JPM) has issued a new circular on the Regulations for Public Officers Making Personal Visits Overseas, which took effect on Oct 1, in line with the effort to improve the public delivery system.
The General Circular No.3/2012 compels all public officers who are planning to make personal visits overseas to get an approval from their superior officers according to their posts and categories.
The circular, signed by Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa (pic), is issued to replace the General Circulars dated March 1, 1984 and June 11, 1986.
Public officers who are on a fully-paid study leave, on the other hand, are requested to get a written approval from their academic supervisors and inform their heads of departments for record purposes, while those who have to make frequent visits to a neighboring country should apply for the approval by using the application form to make a visit overseas for public officers.
Officers making personal visits overseas are also compelled to make a declaration of having sufficient financial ability for the visit.
Apart from that, they must also declare that the visit is not sponsored by any individuals or private companies that can raise a reasonable doubt that the officer is putting his personal interests above his duties as a public officer or letting his personal interests to contradict with his official duties.
The circular also reminds the public officers that they are not allowed to travel to prohibited countries except with approval from the Home Ministry and the government of Malaysia. - Bernama