It is commented often: 1.The Malaysian civil service is politicised to favour UMNO. 2. The civil service is inept. Now a Wiki Leak confirm it(see below). However it must be said that the 1 & 2 are linked rationally in a mangement kind of sense: if the politicians want the civil service to perform their government jobs then they have to raise the whip whenever they don’t perform. If they want the civil service to be faithful UMNO members then they will have to throw away the whip even if the civil service waste time to `ampu’ the politicians at the expense of their government job. You can’t have it both way. So: what do UMNO/BN want the publicly paid civil servants do? While the civil servants are officially not allowed to take up party positions those in the Class A (higher echelon) can apply for exemption-just wonder if they take leave when they perform party roles? Then many teachers are involved in all levels of UMNO/MCA/GERAKAN/MIC-where many end up as candidates on nomination days. The rot has set in for too long!
Mukhriz: EPU man’s views about inept and pro-Umno civil service are ‘personal opinions’
By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
June 07, 2011(Malaysianinsider)
Mukhriz: You can have one or two different opinions and it is not a stand from the main body then as far as I am concerned, it is just a personal opinion.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 — Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said today a senior official’s opinion that the civil service’s inept and pro-Umno did not represent the view of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU).
Mukhriz, who is also an Umno supreme council member, pointed out differences of opinions were normal.
“You can have one or two different opinions and it is not a stand from the main body then as far as I am concerned, it is just a personal opinion,” he told reporters here today
A former senior government official had said that the country’s bloated and overwhelmingly Malay civil service was “completely loyal to Umno” and was the main stumbling block to economic reforms, according to a leaked United States diplomatic cable.
The confidential report sent to Washington from the US embassy here was leaked by whistleblower website WikiLeaks and published in the Malaysia Today news portal yesterday.
According to the cable, former Economic Planning Unit (EPU) deputy director general Datuk K. Govindan said the civil service has a “narrow worldview” and believed that affirmative action reforms will erode the Malay community’s interests.
“Govindan sees Malaysia’s huge and largely ethnic Malay civil service, completely loyal to Umno, but increasingly incompetent, as PM Najib’s largest obstacle.
“He commented that the civil service has a very narrow worldview and will oppose, even refuse to implement, reforms perceived as damaging ethnic Malay interests, even if convinced of the long-run gains for Malaysia,” it said.
Govindan also continued to say that although Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was sincere in implementing necessary structural reforms, certain Cabinet ministers were against the New Economic Model (NEM).
“K. Govindan, who briefs PM Najib and the Cabinet weekly on Malaysian economic performance and economic policy, told us he believes PM Najib understands in general terms the reforms needed to improve human capital and productivity, increase trade and investment, and reduce corruption.
“Nevertheless, Govindan said he does not make specific economic policy recommendations at those meetings for fear of offending other ministers in the meeting who oppose the reform agenda,” said the cable.