PTD is Pegawai Tadbir dan Diplomatik or the English equivalent is Administrative and Diplomatic Service. KSN or Ketua Setiausaha Negara is a PTD officer. ( He, however, claims that he's not and he says that he represents all the different types of service in the government.) So does the KPJPA or Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam who made the biggest blunder (amply rewarding the premier group in the PTDs in the SBPA salary scheme. They were supposed to be given backdated salaries amounting to hundreds of thousands of ringgit ) in the history of JPA is a PTD Officer. Even most Secretary Generals of the ministries or KSUs or Ketua Setiausahas are PTD officers. The KSUs of Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Ministry of Educations are PTD officers. PTD is synonymous with premiership and power in the country.
The PTDs are everywhere and extending their arms to the uncharted territories. They are now planning a slow but sure way of taking over other ministeries such as the Ministry of Education. PTD officers are ubiquitous and they are creeping slowly in all ministries that are yet to be conquered. Even in the universities they are playing catching up . They want to be the ones who are in control financially and administratively. Their trick to their conquer is to accuse the non -PTDs as being inefficient and slow and then they will prise open the posts. They won't take it right away. They will let others to helm it for 1-2 years.But later they will make sure that the posts are given to the PTDs. Ultimately, they will be in total control.
The PTDs, however, will never let go their own posts. They will never open up their posts and positions to others services. If you want a PTD post you have to be a PTD officer. Even for the timbalan KSU post for MOHE they will make sure that those DS officers aspiring to move up higher in the rank would have to convert to PTD scheme before they are given the high rank of PTD posts such as Timbalan KSU or KSU. Meaning some professors in the ministry/university would have to convert their services to the post of Pegawai Tadbir dan Diplomatik. Some of them would have to forego their professorships as in the case of the ex Ketua Pengarah Pengajian Tinggi who is now made the UPM Vice Chancelor. He was earlier promised the post of a KSU but never got it because of health reasons.
One thing about the PTD is that they get their promotions very fast, After working for 10 year most will hold the post of at least a M 52. In the Ministry of Higher Education you will notice that some pengarah posts are being held by PTD officers who are around 35-40 years old. They will be telling and directing the well educated subordinates some in their their 50 with doctorates but did not get promoted . The moral of the story is that if you are a Non PTD you will not get promoted very fast. If you are a PTD officer, chances are you will be in the premier group holding so much power.