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I am quoting part of a letter to the the Star newspaper written by PROF HAZMAN SHAH ABDULLAH, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, on the Menteri Besar Selangor tightening the screws or tightening something on the civil service. The full letter can be found here.

The Selangor Mentri Besar has given this thrust to enforce administrative accountability at the state level a more public and a colourful face.

His state civil servants wear coloured badges (green – good, yellow – satisfactory and red – unsatisfactory) that show their performance as managers as part of a performance scorecard introduced to assess the administrators’ performance.

This combination of changes to exert accountability for performance, if sustained, will force a change in the administrative habitat.

How did the Selangor state government ever survive the years without this Menteri Besar. He is a born administrator to be cherished and his name must definitely be included in the history books. Three coloured badges – what a brainy thought. Abang you must be cracking up. Last time it was brooms at $3.80 cts each but now it is badges. Read my comments:

How degrading and inhuman. This Toyal an Indonesian immigrant, is playing God, and has disgraced two public figures. How long will it take for him to go after the middle management, clerks, office boys, etc etc. Has Toyol started a broom factory to supply brooms. I can see bulk orders knowing the nature of the Government staff. He has alienated Government staff and do you thing anybody will vote for him or BN. What a way to go. Come on civil servants do something.

But most important when is he going to get a broom from our great PM? It looks as if the broom, in gold, is reserved for Bodowi himself. Good luck.

I know you are in a frenzy, trying to tell the world you are doing so much for the state. But, why oh why, degrade the civil servants. Is the General Orders not enough if you want to punish them. Must you drag these poor souls through the mud and chastise them in front of their friends and subordinates. How can they perform well if the basic respect is withdrawn from them. Think and go for another pretty treatment, and tell them your brain also requires some treatment. Who knows they may remove all the cobwebs and give you a new one.


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