Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan said they should also regard their work as a religious obligation as it could remind them to imbibe these noble values in doing their tasks.
"Your occupation should be accepted as a responsibility, as an enjoyment with the determination to give the best service possible. In carrying out one's duties, efficiency and professionalism are the yardstick."
He said this in his keynote address at an expert discussion or muzakarah on "Understanding and Imbibing Values Towards Excellent Performance" organised by Institute of Islamic Understanding, Malaysia (Ikim), here Tuesday.
Also present was Ikim director-general Datuk Nik Mustapha Nik Hassan.
Mohd Sidek said in achieving the nation's goals and aspirations, civil servants had a big and important role to play.
"Hence, they must persevere in their endeavour so that the country's performance is brought to a higher level from what has been achieved.
"The nation's philosophies and direction need to be upheld by all civil servants so that all the government machinery can be fully utilised for efficient and effective service delivery," he said.
The muzakarah was held to find and discuss ways that can be forwarded to improve the quality of services and performance of officers and staff of the public sector.
Nik Mustapha said the outcome and resolutions from the discussion would be brought to a higher-level committee to be chaired by the prime minister for consideration.
Six panellists presented working papers on the topic at the muzakarah which was attended by more than 100 seniors officers from the public sector.