The Najib administration revealed today that it had allocated a whopping RM3.956 billion this year to finance operations in the Prime Minister’s Department.
The number of civil servants in the PM’s Department has also increased from 21,045 in 2003 to 43,544 in 2010. This is more than a whopping 100% increase despite the government pledge to streamline its administration through e-government.
Some of the agencies created include Pemandu (Implementation and Coordination Unit), and the National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC). Six existing agencies which include the National Security Council (MKN) and Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) experienced an increase in manpower. Even ex-premier Abdullah Badawi's office is being maintained by the PM's Dept. What is the rational?
Yet, the government is adamant that this country cannot continue to subsidy some of the essential items and it had called on the people to 'adjust their lifestyle'.
At the rate we are going, the sand raiders will be the people and not any illegal smugglers. People soon be making a beeline to make mud pies using sand and mud.
Honestly, why must the PM's Dept. need a whopping 43k plus employees? What are the KPIs? On top of this, the number of ministries keep growing.
We are in a fix. The civil service is a fixed deposit of the ruling coalition. How can we expect the government to restructure it?
Perhaps Idris Jala can offer us some solutions.
Now, the PM must answer why he needs so many manpower for his department. It is supposed to be just a department. But its annual allocation is 10 times more than Penang's annual allocation from the federal government. Something is very very wrong here.