Civil servants unable to follow government directives should quit, says Abdul Hadi

PETALING JAYA: Civil servants must follow instructions of the ruling government even if they do not support it, says Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (pic).

The PAS president said all civil servants have a role to play to strengthen the government and not create confusion and contradiction.

Hadi was explaining the separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judiciary.

He said every branch of government must follow its policies and act according to set policies.

"There are a few countries that choose an approach where important roles within ministries and departments are given to the ruling party.

"If the ruling party changes then those appointed also need to be changed.

"But there are also countries where individuals remain in their positions even after the government changes.

"If they do not feel comfortable with a government that is not of the party they support then they can resign," he said.

Pakatan Harapan formed a government after winning the 14th General Election in 2018.

However, it collapsed after then-prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned.

Pakatan then lost its majority in Parliament when several Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and PKR MPs in which Muhyiddin, then had acquired a simple majority to form the government.

Separately, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang, in a statement, had a different view.

"I do not agree with Abdul Hadi as I believe that it is political leaders who have had failed in their duties.

"I do not fault civil servants who are not prepared to see the Malaysian civil service deteriorating into a kakistocracy," he said.

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