PETALING JAYA: The renaming of Kompleks Jabatan Perdana Menteri to Kompleks Setia Perdana shows that the Pakatan Harapan government is truly an expert in changing names, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
In an apparent reference to new names given to government programmes since Pakatan came to power, the MCA president said the latest announcement also got him thinking whether the “wind” was blowing strongly in Putrajaya.
“Is this a call to remain loyal to the Prime Minister no matter what happens, ” he said in a Facebook posting yesterday where he also asked whether the letter from the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) on the matter, which was viralled on social media, was genuine.
“Is the letter genuine? Only the Prime Minister’s Department can confirm it. But the letter has gone viral on social media.
“If the letter is confirmed to be authentic by the Prime Minister’s Department, Pakatan is truly an expert in changing names, ” he said.
Dr Wee, who is Ayer Hitam MP, mocked Pakatan over the move saying that hopefully with the change of name, the country’s debt would be reduced, the economy would improve, more investors would come, tolls would be abolished and the rakyat’s livelihood would be better.
The Jan 16 letter, signed by PMD head of corporate communications unit Izzad Zalman Abdul Kader, stated that the Prime Minister had agreed to rename Kompleks Jabatan Perdana Menteri to Kompleks Setia Perdana.
“For each building in the complex, it will be known as Setia Perdana 1 to 8, to replace Block 1 to 8. The changes will be effective on Feb 1,2020, ” added the letter.
Izzad Zalman when contacted said the renaming of the complex was part of a rebranding exercise of Putrajaya, which had been long overdue.
“Currently, Putrajaya government buildings are still using the names of “Parcel A to Parcel F”, which were given during the development stage of Putrajaya.
“It is an ongoing effort to reflect the professionalism and rebranding of Putrajaya administration, ” he said, adding that the move was non-political and there was no directive whatsoever from the Prime Minister.
“It is completely an administrative matter. There is no secrecy to the rebranding exercise which we have undertaken since last year, as there were even competitions held among civil servants.
“It has taken so much time as renaming government buildings needs to go through a strict procedure and many processes.
“The letter which went viral and believed leaked was sent to top civil servants, as part of our preparation to announce new names on Feb 1, in conjunction with the Federal Territory Day, ” he said.