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Ismail must initiate probe into delays
FocusM | 14 Sep 2018 00:30
Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Ismail Bakar has denied that civil servants were sabotaging the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government by delaying key appointments.

The delays, he claimed, were due to putting right procedures that the previous government did not follow when appointing new officers. So the latest appointments were being carried out according to the rules, he said.

Even so, Ismail did not explain why it was taking more than two months for civil servants to issue the appointment letters. Surely, correcting the procedure doesn’t take that long?

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently lamented that stubborn civil servants who were deemed loyal to the previous government had refused to pay the salaries of officers of ministers.

Many political secretaries, press secretaries, special functions officers and special officers were not paid their salaries for more than two months. This was despite the letters being signed by the ministers concerned and the PM himself.

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