OF ALL the statements made in relation to Workers Day celebrations across the country, I find the one from Selangor MB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim as the most innovative. Khalid said his administration may opt for a 7-day week at Government offices.
Specifically, this means the public can do business on rest days such as Sundays and public holidays. He said this when addressing a crowd at the Stadium Malawati in Shah Alam.
As a consumer, I find this as most interesting and worthy of deeper thinking and further study. Imagine - one can make enquiries or pay bills or lodge complaints or even hold meetings with State departments if there is an urgent need for it.
He can start a pilot project on this. Maybe start at local councils because this is where the rakyat have the most need. The MB shouldn't take too long to study this proposal. He should implement it within the 100 days he took office.
By so doing, the State Government takes flexi-hours work scheme to another level. If this is successful, there's no reason why other states cannot adopt the same plan. Innovation has already been seen in certain Federal government departments before this, which was introduced partly to improve efficiency and to meet public demand.
The Inland Revenue Department, for instance, is one of the most innovative by opening up counters at shopping complexes, thereby making it easier for the public to make enquiries on their income tax.