Himmat, highest ranking Sikh civil servant in Malaysia, retires

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| Putrajaya, Malaysia | 10 Dec 2015 | Asia Samachar |
Himmat Singh at a recent function - PHOTO/THE STAR
Himmat Singh at a recent function – PHOTO/THE STAR

Himmat Singh, the most senior ranking Sikh in the Malaysian civil service, retires today. He held the position of the secretary general of the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities at the point of retirement.

Himmat, 60, still sits as a commission member of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), a position he first took on when he was at the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the Prime Minister’s Department.

“On behalf of the Federal Government, I would like to express our utmost appreciation and thank YBhd Datuk Himmat Singh a/l Ralla Singh for his contribution and dedicated service to the Civil Service and the nation for more than 34 years,” said Chief Secretary to the Government (KSN) Dr Ali Hamsa in a statement yesterday (9 Dec 2015).
FLASHBACK: Senior civil servant Himmat Singh (right) in a post-forum chat with Khalsa Diwan Malaysia president Bagh Singh, who is the also CMSO chairman. – PHOTO ASIA SAMACHAR
FLASHBACK: Senior civil servant Himmat Singh (right) in a post-forum chat with Khalsa Diwan Malaysia president Bagh Singh, who is the also CMSO chairman. – PHOTO ASIA SAMACHAR

In the same statement, Ali announced the appointments and transfers of four Public Service Department officers from among Administrative and Diplomatic Officers (PTD) to hold senior posts in the public service effective yesterday.

Finance Ministry Treasury Deputy Secretary-General (Policy) Dr Sundaran Annamalai, 57, takes over Himmat’s role at the ministry.

Himmat was born in Georgetown, Penang and began his civil service career in 1981 with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment.

In 1994, he was transferred to the Regional Economics and Environment Section of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the Prime Minister’s Department, and also served as the Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Section, the Social Services Section and the Infrastructure Section of the EPU.

In January 2010, he became the Deputy Director General of the Economic Planning Unit and in October 2011, he was appointed as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Works until July 2014, when he was appointed as the Secretary General of the Ministry of Plantation and Industries and Commodities.

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