Don't Be Alarmed Over Monitoring By Politicians - PM
Government officers are reminded that they need not be alarmed or disturbed if there were elected representatives or Umno party members giving reports to them directly on the implementation of government projects. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the monitoring could also be carried out by party members through their leaders, that is, the relevant State Executive Councillors or Menteris Besar or Chief Ministers.
If that ever becomes reality it will spell the end of the civil service as we know it. The Umno divisional leaders will run riot in government departments and such will be the interference that I'm sure at some point the public servants are going to fight back. That scenario will do no one any good.
"Their role should be perceived as assisting (in the project implementation). I asked the elected representatives and party members to carry out their role and observe what is happening in their respective areas. "If something is not right, try and contact the district office and ask what is happening to the project."
How in heaven's name can these dolts who have no experience monitor projects? And does it not imply that by giving them a monitoring or supervisory role that they have access to confidential files?
Abdullah had said that Umno had created a monitoring mechanism which would look at the projects not only from the viewpoints of politicians but also that of professionals and executives who wanted to carry out this task voluntarily.
Of course they'll volunteer because there is something in it for them. Don't expect pure selflessness from anyone in Malaysia today especially where government projects are concerned. These are considered as shortcuts to become multi-millionaires.
In short I feel that it is a harebrained idea that would be better stillborn, like many of our projects, rather than be allowed to see the light of day.