Kula: May Day not a rest day for M’sian ministers

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  • Wednesday, 01 May 2019

SINGAPORE: Here’s a glimpse into what it’s like to have Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as your boss.

The Prime Minister told his Cabinet members last week to present a paper to him on issues related to their respective ministries today, a public holiday.

“We (Cabinet members) wanted to say that we don’t agree (about presenting the papers on May Day) but at his age, he is so anxious to get things done. We were just looking at each other and said ‘God tell

me what is happening’,” Human Re­sour­­ces Minister M. Kula Segaran said in jest.

According to Kula Segaran, Dr Mahathir made it known to them last week.

“He (Dr Mahathir) decided last Wednesday. You all have the (May Day) rally and everything ... finish ... take two hours of rest and (after that) all of you come to the PM’s office,” Kula Segaran recounted.

He described Dr Mahathir as “one of the main driving forces”.

“I was telling my officers – in my opinion, I think he does the work of three ministers. Sometimes we wonder. I think he cheated on his age. I think he is only 60.

“Really industrious. I can’t believe that there is this kind of a man. So overwhelmed.”

Bernama reported that there will be no “rest day” for Cabinet ministers today, despite it being International Labour Day.

They have to take turns to present to Dr Mahathir from 2pm until an “indefinite” time in Putrajaya today.

This was shared by Kula Segaran during a get-together session with the Malaysian diaspora here on Monday night.

Kula Segaran said he had to put off his plans to celebrate his day off with his wife who would be coming to Kuala Lumpur from Ipoh.

“I’m also excited (to celebrate May Day). My wife is coming to Kuala Lumpur. After that we (plan to) drive back to Ipoh. We will spend one or two days there and I will come back to Kuala Lumpur.”

For his ministry, Kula Segaran, who was here leading the Malaysian delegation to a special session of the Asean Labour Ministers and Singapore Conference on Future of Work, will prepare a paper on job creation. — Bernama

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