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Only top scholars for Malaysia’s ETP

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Only the best and brightest of Public Service Department (PSD) scholars will be drafted into the civil service to play a key role in the nation's transformation programme.

Those who fail to make the cut will serve their bond, usually between five and 10 years, in leading companies driving the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who announced this yesterday, said this approach was in line with the Government's initiatives to enable PSD scholars to build their careers in priority areas of the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and the ETP.

The initiatives Talent Acceleration in Public Service (TAPS) and Scholarship Talent Attraction and Retention (STAR) are led by the PSD in collaboration with the Razak School of Government (RSOG) and Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp).

Najib said the pilot project of the TAPS programme would involve 40 scholars from some of the best universities in the world.

“It will commence in October this year,” he said when launching the initiatives here yesterday. “It will be rolled out in stages to subsequently include PSD graduates from other institutions of higher learning in Malaysia and abroad.”

Najib said those selected under the TAPS would work on high priority public policy issues and projects which would allow them to actively take part in the policy-making process for the country.

He said they would be working on finding solutions to issues and concerns that directly impact the people.

“They will be assigned to senior civil servants as their mentors as well as attend training at the RSOG.

“These top scholars will initially be appointed on a two-year contract following which, high performers will be fast-tracked into the civil service,” he said.

Najib said under the STAR programme, scholars could work with major organisations in priority sectors of the ETP such as Bank Negara Malaysia, Khazanah Nasional, Intel, Shell Malaysia, Maxis, PricewaterhouseCoopers, CIMB Bank and Teach for Malaysia.

Najib also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the PSD and TalentCorp to formalise their collaboration on the STAR programme.

Public Service director-general Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah signed for the PSD while Talent Corp was represented by its chief executive officer Johan Mahmood Merican.

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