PETALING JAYA: Professionals appointed during the former Pakatan Harapan administration should not be replaced with politicians in the present Perikatan Nasional government, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) (PH-Langkawi).
Dr Mahathir said this was because the appointees under Pakatan were professionals with specific skills.
“We hope the practice of replacing professionals appointed by Pakatan would be stopped because we need them as they have specific abilities.
“For politicians, it is merely a prize for them so they get more income in return for supporting the government,” he said during his debate on the Royal Address in Parliament Tuesday (July 21).
Dr Mahathir, in a sarcastic tone, said he found the Perikatan government to be “very interested” in replacing professionals with politicians to head GLCs.
“There were already 30 bodies that changed (leaders) in order to give higher income to politicians,” he added.
However, Dr Mahathir congratulated the Perikatan government for allowing professionals to handle the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The management of the pandemic was done intelligently and with knowledge, that is why we managed to lessen the amount of cases in such a short timeframe.”
Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir said that among the most important practices in democracy is the separation of powers between the legislative, the executive, and the judiciary.
“Sometimes, there is an overlap between one power and another. This creates pressure on the people.”
Dr Mahathir subsequently accused the Perikatan government olf abusing its executive powers in its effort to crush opposition towards its administration.
He claimed that former Bersatu members who participated in the “Bersatu Blackout” movement were relentlessly questioned by the authorities.
“The houses of several Opposition party members were searched and their families were questioned.
“There were also attempts by government leaders to stop Opposition politicians from attending certain assemblies,” he said.
“The government should be fair to everyone. There isn’t a place to be one-sided in enforcing the law,” he added.
Dr Mahathir was believed to be referring to former Bersatu youth (Armada) chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who was questioned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for 11 hours on July 17.
The “Bersatu Blackout” movement, which features a white hibiscus logo with a black background, is a nationwide tour led by Dr Mahathir along with other former Bersatu MPs in protest against Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s leadership as party president.
Bersatu is currently embroiled in a civil war after five MPs including Dr Mahathir were axed from the party by Muhyiddin for sitting with the Opposition bloc in Parliament.
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