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The Jawi “snoop squad” in Putrajaya should have been nipped in the bud at the ministry level without having to reach the Cabinet which should be dealing with policy and macro issues of integrity, transparency, efficiency, excellence, justice and good governance
Media Statement (2)
It is a rare occasion that so many Ministers commented on a single issue post-Cabinet – involving Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad and Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Aziz, both Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir and the Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Fong Chan Onn.
While Malaysians applaud the Cabinet decision to direct the Federal Territory Religious Department to disband the latest attempt at a morality policy, as its “snoop squad” would be sending out the wrong message nationally and internationally of religious extremism and zealotry in the country, it still leaves many thinking Malaysians quite disturbed by one nagging question:
Why the idea and decision on the Jawi “snoop squad” in Putrajaya in the first instance was not nipped in the bud at the ministry level without having to reach the Cabinet, which should be dealing with policy and macro issues of integrity, transparency, efficiency, excellence, justice and good governance.
Yesterday, the Cabinet took another decision, given front-page headline by Utusan Malaysia: “-Kebenaran pelajar guna telefon bimbit di sekolah - Kabinet arah tarik balik”.
If the controversial decision last week of the Education Director-General Datuk Dr. Ahmad Sipon allowing schoolchildren to use of handphones in schools has to be reversed by the entire Cabinet itself, what then is the role of the Education Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein?
If Ministers are abdicating their responsibilities by passing-the-buck to the Cabinet, how can the Cabinet set policy directions for a “First-World Infrastructure, First-World Mentality” Malaysia with a world-class public service and delivering the reform pledge and programme of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for a clean, incorruptible, efficient, transparent, trustworthy, just and people-oriented administration prepared to hear the truth from the rakyat?
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman