SANTUBONG: Sarawak Islam Religion Department (JAIS) will initiate efforts to promote innovation and integrity as its working culture.
Its new director Abang Shamshudin Abang Seruji said one of the ways is to create many creative and innovative groups (KIKs) in the department.
He said the main function of the KIKs is to generate new ideas to help the department improve its service to customers.
Abang Shamshudin however cautioned that the groups must not be too eager in carrying out its function to the extent of wanting to introduce new ideas in all areas of the department.
Lack of a proper scope of attention would cause a mess as the organisation might end up focussing on too many things, he said.
In JAIS, we should choose one area of focus … it has to be related to our service,” he said during the department’s two-day Innovation and Integrity Day at a resort here. It was attended by 240 participants, mostly from the department and Sarawak Islamic Council (MIS).
The director said one of the areas of focus that could be considered by the groups is the administration of mosques and suraus in the state.
He pointed that the institutions were important to Muslims, and JAIS should assist to elevate its status and function in the Muslim community.
Abang Shamshudin, who was previously Sri Aman Resident, hoped the department’s attempt to get ISO certification on its service would be successful.
He said getting the certification would be a new beginning for the department because it showed it had achieved a certain level of quality that augured well for its future service.
He reminded the staff that if they fail to perform well, customers would look down at the department.
“People judge us based on our client’s charter … that is our code of ethics. If we follow our client’s charter, people would not look down at us,” he said.
Later he presented a halal certificate to One Hotel Santubong.
Earlier participants listened to a talk given by Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Deputy Commissioner Dato Sutinah Sutan on the management of integrity.
The closing ceremony was officiated by MIS president Datu Putit Matzen at a dinner held at the same venue last night.
Today the participants will be taking part in sporting activities before calling it a day at 1pm.