PTD or Pegawai Tadbir dan Diplomatik is considered one of the most exclusive positions in the civil service. Maybe sounds overrated, but PTD is a fast track to power, glory and fame. Those with strong capability and those with strong cabelity will go through rapid promotion and will eventually hold key government positions that include KSU (Ketua Setiausaha), Director General (Ketua Pengarah), District Officer (DO) and KSN (Ketua Setiausaha Negeri).
PTD is one of the earliest posts introduced in the Malaysian civil service which started back in 1904. It was first known as Malaysian Home and Foreign Services (MHFS), then changed to Pegawai Tadbir & Diplomatik (PTD) as we know today. The PTD officers are involved in the country development at all levels.
They are responsible in strengthening the country administration function, social infrastructure development, economy and the industrial. In other words, it is one of the most important portfolios before the country embraced and emphasize on the private sector. As the name sounds, some of the PTD officers are also sent as the country diplomatic representative and are based in the Malaysian embassies abroad. But that’s not all about PTD. Apart from the international diplomatic representation, the PTD also consists of the following fields, namely:
- International Relation
- National Security and Defense
- Information Technology and Communication Management
- Administration and Development
- Human Resources and Organizational Management
- Financial Resources and Management
Recently, Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that the PTD post now is open to all races.
In a bid to expand the talent pool in the civil service, the Government has opened applications for Administrative and Diplomatic Officers (PTD) post to anyone, including those from outside the public sector.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said anyone entering the workforce and experienced staff with talent in multi disciplines could apply for the post.
“If these people have proved their worth in other services they could apply to be PTD officers; then the government sector will have a more effective talent pool.
“This is in line with the Government’s intention to recruit the best talents and best brains for the public sector,” he said.
Source: The Star, 24 January 2008.
This means that we will see more Chinese in the government department.
We will see more Indians in the civil service. More mixed racial distribution in the PTD post.
Will this happen?
Well, let’s hope this is for real.
[Photo: PM with PTD officers as in Utusan Malaysia]