Penang - to hold own team-building program to replace BTN
The Star Thursday December 3, 2009 George Town
The Penang Government has barred state civil servants from attending the National Civics Bureau (NCB) courses with immediate effect on grounds that the courses only promoted Barisan Nasional's political agenda.
Deputy Chief Minister I Mansor Othman said the state government would instead hold its own team building programme for the state civil service with the aim of improving its delivery system.
"Federal officers and the private sector who are invited for the courses can still attend on their own accord but Penang has decided to emulate Selangor in issuing a ban," Mansor said at the sidelines of the state assembly sitting here yesterday.
Sim Tze Tzin (PKR-Pantai Jerajak) said backbenchers were expected to table three motions on the last day of the current state assembly session tomorrow, one of which was to ask the state government to stop sending its civil servants to such courses. Sim, who spoke on behalf of the backbenchers, said the second motion was to ask the Federal Government to close down the bureau while the third was a call to the Federal Government to revamp the National Institute of Public Administration (Intan).
Sim claimed that a woman participant who attended a NCB course in 2005 told him that a male lecturer made sexist remarks that women should look pretty and put on make up to attract men.
"The woman walked out in protest but the lecturer had the cheek to tell her that if she wanted, she could fling a chair at him. "
As for Intan, we think it is best that the Government revamp the institute as it has some management problems," he told reporters. When debating the 2010 Penang Budget in the House earlier, Jasmin Mohamed (BN-Sungai Dua) asked why almost RM500,000 was spent on both domestic and overseas working visits by some state executive councillors from January till September this year.
He said the details of the visits was provided in a written answer from Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng when Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy (DAP-Prai) challenged him to reveal the source of his information.
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