PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan leaders, including Cabinet members, are sabotaging their own government due to ignorance, greed and lack of focus, claims Datuk A. Kadir Jasin (pic).
The veteran journalist said the danger of the Pakatan government being sabotaged could not be denied, citing two main sources to this threat – Pakatan leaders and civil servants including government-linked companies (GLC) and government-linked investment companies (GLIC) executives.
Kadir suggested that Pakatan make a ruling preventing federal and state government ministers from receiving honorific titles when they are in service.
“It would be better if all MPs and assemblymen were also prevented from receiving these titles,” he said in his blog.
Ministers, chief ministers, mentris besar and all Pakatan MPs had to be schooled, he said, before it was too late and the people lose their confidence in the government.
“I’m sure ministers will benefit from this as it will change their mindset from being an opposition to the government, from talking to working and from empty talk to actually doing something.
“Remember, if on May 9 the people can overthrow the Barisan Nasional government which had been in power for 61 years, what is so great about Pakatan, which has been in power for less than a year,” he wrote.
Kadir also proposed that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption monitor senior government officers and executives of GLCs and GLICs who might sabotage the government.
He said concurrent investigations on retired senior officers and GLC and GLIC executives or those who had been terminated should be carried out.
“Forensic audit on GLCs and GLICs should also be a standard operating procedure,” he said.
Kadir said sabotage by civil servants and GLC/GLIC executives was due to their inefficiency, ideological influence and corruption.
While there were those who were of world-class excellence, many were not, he said.
“Being under the same government for more than 60 years, their mentality has been influenced by the ideology of the (then) ruling party which had become so feudalistic and corrupt in recent decades.
“Some people were cut off and new people were appointed but the Umno or Barisan Nasional ‘DNA’, ‘imprint’ and ‘template’ is still strong. The same thing happens in GLCs and GLICs,” said Kadir.
He also claimed that there were some inexperienced ministers who were brainwashed by their ministry secretaries-general to the point they became “protective” of them and their senior officers.
“If this is true, no matter how few, is very dangerous for the Pakatan government and the people who depend on them.
“The government is exposed to the sabotage ... by these leftover lackeys of the previous government,” he said, adding that the tendency to hide information was still rampant and there were also those who were arrogant, thinking that they were irreplaceable.
There were also certain GLC and GLIC management “spying” on their own staff so that they do not provide any details requested by the government, he claimed.