His Majesty, the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, has recommended to the state government that the Johor Volunteer Forces (JVF), which was established by the late Sultan Ibrahim in 1905, be revived.
The ruler stated that all Johor state administrative officers should be absorbed into the JVF and undergo basic military training with the Johor State Royal Military Force (JMF) to improve their fitness and discipline.
“In this regard, the officer can wear a JVF uniform while on duty or attending functions. This will indirectly enhance the image and appearance of the officer,” he said in a posting on the Royal Press Office official Facebook page.
The Johor Sultan made the remarks at the Persada Johor International Convention Centre in connection with the ruler’s official birthday celebrations, which included the opening of the Johor Civil Servants Academy (JCS) and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding and partnership arrangement.
Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, was also present.
The establishment of the JCS Academy, according to Sultan Ibrahim, was a strategic move to improve the competency of the state’s officials and civil servants.
He continued that, in addition to imparting new information, the academy should have exposure to legal proceedings that have resulted in defeats for the state government as a result of erroneous behaviour and rulings, such as biased settlements, for them to benefit from.
“The setting up of the JCS Academy is timely. It should serve as a body to disseminate knowledge to produce competent government officials who are skilled in management and policy-making,” he said adding that he hoped the academy would serve as a centre for knowledge and improvement of the quality of public services in Johor.
The ruler shared his hope that the academy’s partnership with government departments, public and private institutions of higher learning, and technical bodies would add value to its efforts to provide state civil servants with expertise and experience in different fields.