|Is that 4-0 or 5-0 political appointees, Tun?|
KL, 7 Ramadan: In his most recent interview, Daim Zainuddin took a swipe at Cabinet ministers who bring in their own people (political appointees) to take the place of civil servants. [After grouses about civil service, Daim tells ministers that trust is a two-way street, The Malay Mail]
I was wondering how long it would take the "quiet one" to break his silence on this sheer stupidity. The first anniversary of PH rule seemed like a good time to do that. Daim fell short, however, of naming these Ministers. Which to me suggests that those errant Ministers and their "people" are quite a formidable force in today's government (which Daim is not officially part of, by the way).
Friends told me Daim is actually pissed off with one particular Cabinet minister, not "ministers" as reported (although the use of political appointees is not confined to that one minister). This particular Minister, it is said, has brought in 40 of his own people and placed them in key posts within his ministry, effectively taking over the roles (and posts and perks) that have always been meant for the civil servants.
Daim said civil servants have complained to him that political appointees appeared to hold the reins to some ministries, which he said was further alienating the public workers.
Wait a minute. 40 political appointees?! I thought after May 9 last year we were not going to see any more of these so-called political appointees? In fact, one of the first things the PH government did after winning GE14 and becoming the government was to end the contracts of so-called political appointees!
But that's not the only reason why Daim's mad ...