In response to MP Teresa Kok’s question the Parliament revealed the ballooning of public expenses thrown at elections in the country: it reached RM1.18bil for the 2 months ahead of Sarawak’s state poll, distributed by 10 major ministries and spread over 62 projects! So: the development expenditures of the year for Sarawak probably were all poured out in the 2 months before April 16th! This type of action-rationalised as pre-planned programs, actually are normally banned in most electoral democracies in the world. Due to either brimming confidence or desperation the BN government is veritably throwing more and more public expenses ahead of elections-causing a deprivation of development funds outside of the special period. It is quite like trying to creating a `high’ of sentiment for BN ala Estacy!
It is interesting to look at how the efficiency of the civil servants improved tremendously before elections-compared to their notorious inefficiencies at other times. Such a trend also produce a kind of `election experts’ among the civil service-which is the key to promotion and `yes-man-ship’. Under such election frenzy it is an open question if any `honest’ civil servants can stay away from the growing waves of partisanships that prevail among the entire civil service. Trained over a few elections the entire civil service will then be almost totally politicised!
It is no wonder that the civil servants from the Chief Secretary down are carried away in the election frenzy promoted by the politicians. The serious implications on free and fair elections: it is no longer BN vs PR. It has morphed into the Malaysian government machineries Vs PR. Or Rm1.18bil vs 10mil(?)