Harakah: Unjust for DAP to keep on harping on the weaknesses of civil service

PAS mouthpiece HarakahDaily has taken a jibe at DAP for incessantly disputing the quality of civil servants and the government service delivery ever since the 14th General Election (GE14) in 2018.

The news portal went on to claim that the attack on these civil servants “was even dragged to the point flaming racial hatred” because at that time “DAP felt quite powerful while civil servants were perceived as a Malay-Muslim force that must be weakened”.

“As such, DAP went on to antagonise civil servants by putting pressure on the ‘backbone’ of the government and the ‘nerves’ of the people,” chastised HarakahDaily while listing seven tactics by DAP to shake up the authority of the public service sector:

  • Describing civil servants as burdensome and causing government waste;
  • Urging the government to reduce the number of civil servants;
  • Recommending in the Dewan Rakyat that policy reform be carried out regarding the granting of pensions;
  • Emphasising how the government does not need to be afraid to sack and the need to undertake a ‘cleansing’ process on civil servants;
  • Accusing civil servants of sabotaging the government;
  • Transferring and freezing the services of key civil servants;
  • Shortening promotions and grade increases as well as salary increases.

The PAS mouthpiece also expressed surprise with DAP which made a fuss over the number of civil servants in the country as they only amounted to “not even 5% or 1.63 million out of a total of 33 million Malaysians”.

“Of that number, 1.2 million civil servants are in the education, security and health sectors which are facing massive shortages,” justified HarakahDaily.

“Therefore, the public service needs to increase in size by opening positions that are in line with the current needs of the people. The voices that crticise, belittle or poke fun at civil servants must look at the issue or problem holistically.”

In the case of DAP, however, the PAS mouthpiece noted that its criticism turned out to be “politically-motivated and mixed with racial hatred”.

“This must be addressed because there is nothing racist regarding the position of Malay-Bumiputera in the public service nor is there any discriminatory element against other races in this country,” insisted HarakahDaily.

“But this is a provision enshrined in the Federal Constitution and should not be disputed by anyone. Therefore, showing displeasure or hostility towards civil servants is actually an act of weakening the government and dividing the people.” – Feb 24, 2023

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