by | Rushdi Abdul Rahim | firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2015, MIGHT* published a list of risks and vulnerabilities that would impact the Malaysian public service between 2015 to 2025. The list was created to instigate action from the public service sector to create the necessary strategies and action plan to mitigate, negate or lessen the impact or likelihood of these threats happening. After 3 years, perhaps it is time to look and review them again.
The following are 14 risks and vulnerabilities that could impact the public service sector between 2015 to 2025 in no particular order.
Failure change of mind-set
The failure of public officials to embrace change, fixed in thinking and culture led to the degradation of public service.
Greater digital divide
Despite having the required infrastructure in place, the digital divide will be a factor contributing to ineffective delivery service.
Massive technology failure to the systems
With the reliance on technological solutions and the expansion of the Internet of Things, a massive technological failure affects critical systems of the public service.
Dehumanisation of public services
Technology adoption has created interactions through virtual space that lack personalisation and human interaction.
The uncertainty of global economy, a continuing war on resources, climate change, highly organised terrorist attacks, tightening of security, hardened policy measures and drastic actions will disrupt the geopolitical landscape that directly or indirectly affect Malaysia.
Feminisation of the work force
Levels of post-secondary educational attainment for women have risen rapidly in recent years. This is continuing a long-term trend where female graduates have outnumbered men at all levels. This trend is reflected in the public service.
Drastic austerity measures implemented
Large public spending cuts with policy decisions on public sector wages, hiring, employment and pensions are implemented.
Big data challenge
As data continues to grow rapidly, data management becomes crucial–advanced data analytics & data protection capability is required by the public service.
Cyber attack and the end of internet
The threats of cyber attack and cyber terrorism have risen. Low levels of internet insecurity result in a massive loss of trust and deterioration of economic growth. The government opts to shut down all access to the internet in order to prevent any further impact to the country.
War for natural resources
Resource scarcity intensifies old conflicts and defines new ones. Natural assets again become the focal point for military actions as
nations seek to protect access to food, water, minerals and land.
Under financed aging population
An aging population brings new social challenges and rising costs to Malaysia. Lack of adequate income, housing, education, food and social inclusion makes the population vulnerable.
Massive lay-off of public officials
Need I say more? This is caused by any of the following factors – budget cuts, change of policy directions or adoption of technology.
Rise of the usage of ethical machines
As we approach technological singularity, autonomous robots and algorithms make ethical judgments that impact the life and death of human beings.
War for talent
The future talent pool will be smaller than today as a result of declining birth rates and this could eventually lead to a possible depopulation in Malaysia. As such, intense competition between public and private sectors to get the right talent will be greater.
What are your thoughts. Do you see anything new in the horizon?