Ramasamy: My statement has been twisted for cheap publicity by fellow PH comrades

Letter to editor

My Facebook (FB) post on the need for reform in the country’s public service has been twisted and re-twisted by certain publications.

By doing this, they allowed certain cheap publicity seeking politicians to engage in race-baiting. These politicians have not referred to my original publication.

I wanted reforms in the public service as suggested earlier by the Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg and the G25 spokesperson Datuk Noor Faridah Ariffin.

However, the publicity seeking politicians in some of the component parties of Pakatan Harapan (PH), unfortunately, sought to re-interpret the second-hand news in the media to give a racial slant to my argument for reform in the civil service.

This what happens when truth get distorted in the quagmire of racism and religious extremism.

My posting on the need for reforms in the civil service is something that I have talked about in the past but without the present devious nefarious political slant. Calling for action against me is not going to hide the elephant in the room.

In this case, the truth about the civil service seems unpalatable to those who want to reinforce the existing status quo in the civil service.

My view on the civil service is a personal one; it doesn’t reflect the position of my party or its leaders.

Asking for reforms in the civil service doesn’t tantamount to “breaking the monopoly of the Malays”. My proposal for reforms was in the spirit of bringing about meaningful changes to the practice of governance. That is all. – Feb 12, 2023


Prof Ramasamy Palanisamy is the DAP state assemblyman for Perai. He is also Deputy Chief Minister II of Penang.

The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.

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