Abim: Take ministers to task, not civil servants

PETALING JAYA: Politicians should not take civil servants to task for any administrative bungling, but they should target the ministers instead, said Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim).

In accordance with the Doctrine of Ministerial Responsibility, a minister is vicariously responsible to Parliament for the acts of his civil servants, and for any policy or administrative misstep in his ministry, said Abim president Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz (pic).

Therefore, Wednesday's attack (by an MP) against Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was unwarranted, he said.

"The vicarious liability convention serves as a shield to protect civil servants from being attacked by politicians in Parliament.

"It is the duty of ministers to provide explanations in defence, as they should shoulder the main responsibility," he pointed out.

Faisal said this in response to Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing's criticism against Dr Noor Hisham for allegedly not going to the ground in the wake of raging Covid-19 cases in Sabah.

Tiong had questioned if Noor Hisham feared death.

Dr Noor Hisham responded, saying that he had visited Sabah to monitor measures taken to contain Covid-19 transmission.

Faisal said Tiong should demand an explanation from the Health Minister, instead of hurling unwarranted allegations against civil servants.

"It is not fair to attack the director-general of Health in Parliament as he is not a member of the House and can't defend himself there," he said.

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