KUALA LUMPUR – The government will maintain the current size of the country’s civil service workforce amid reports of it being bloated.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, said the government currently has no plan to increase or decrease the size of its civil workforce.

She added the government has always taken steps to optimise its human resources in the civil service to ensure the workforce could be fully utilised.

“This is to achieve the target to improve the delivery efficiency of the public service sector,” she said in a parliamentary written reply dated March 13.

Azalina was responding to Lim Lip Eng (DAP – Segambut) who asked of government’s plan to expand or shrink the size of civil service in the next five years.

Malaysia was reported to have one of the biggest civil service in the region, with about 1.6 million people or one civil servant for every 19.37 people in the country.

In replying, Azalina also said, that as of March this year, there is a total of 233,337 civil servants aged more than 50 years old.

The figure however did not include those in the armed and police forces, she added.

– Sundaily