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Thursday November 10, 2011

Anwar: No to reducing civil service

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Rakyat has scrapped the proposal to reduce the number of the 1.2 million civil servants if it wins the general election following outrage from union groups and government employees.

“I have asked our leaders to make the correction that Pakatan would not reduce the numbers of civil servants because they are worried that they might be retrenched and unemployed if Pakatan takes over the Federal Government.

“Although it makes a lot of economic sense, but when it comes to politics, (it makes) no sense,” Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim told an online portal on Tuesday.

DAP publicity secretary Tony Pua had earlier claimed that the number of civil servants would be reduced if it managed to take over the Federal Government.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua said no component party in the Pakatan had a larger voice than the other.

“It is clear that any matter must be agreed upon by all parties before it is implemented. We do not believe that any one of the component party plays a dominant role than the other and infringes the rights of the minority. That is our stand,” he said.

PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub said Pakatan maintained that the status of the 1.2 million civil servants would be secure as provided for in the Federal Constitution under Article 132 for Public Services and Article 135 of the Restriction on Dismissals and Reduction in Rank.

“At the same time, Pakatan stresses that civil servants must perform their duties according to the public’s expectations,” he told a press conference at the Parliament lobby.

Kuala Selangor MP Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the Pakatan manifesto had never proposed trimming the civil service.

“However, we want an effective government delivery system,” he added.

He claimed that it was Barisan Nasional which wanted to reduce the size of the civil service, which was stated in its Government Transformation Programme book.

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