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Has the new government
delivery system promised by Abdullah on Thursday been drowned by the KL
floods or buried by the debris of litany of public building mishaps?
(Parliament, Tuesday): Two Saturdays ago on 2nd June 2007, New Straits Times carried a Bernama report quoting the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as disclosing that a new government delivery system would be implemented in 13 days’ time, i.e. Thursday June 14, 2007.
Addressing Kuala Lumpur City Hall officials during a one-day tour of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur on Friday, 1st June, 2007, Abdullah said he had instructed the National Physical Planning Committee attended by all Mentris Besar, Chief Ministers and several Ministers in Putrajaya two days earlier “to ensure that the government machinery is prepared to implement the new government delivery system in 13 days”.
The Prime Minister said:
Abdullah said that it was necessary to ensure there were no glitches that could frustrate the people who harboured high hopes following the government’s announcement two months ago that the delivery system would be improved.
With less than 48 hours to go, what is this new public service delivery system which Abdullah had promised 11 days ago?
It is most disconcerting that there are absolutely no signs that any new government delivery system will be launched on Thursday, as all the publicity build-up which would precede any major government initiative have been completely absent.
Have Abdullah’s promise of a new public service delivery system been drowned by the Kuala Lumpur floods on Sunday, which made a total mockery of the RM1.9 billion SMART Tunnel, or has it been buried under the debris of the litany of public building mishaps with ceilings collapsing, walls cracking and internal floodings from burst water and sewerage pipes?
Or has the Prime Minister been misled and misinformed by his officials about the launching of a new public service delivery system on Thursday, when no such major government initiative had ever been planned or even existed?
I was very
surprised to read of yesterday’s Bernama report, entitled “Call For
Re-evaluation Of Current Practices To Upgrade Delivery System”,
which quoted the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr
Maximus Ongkili calling for a re-evaluation of current practices to upgrade
the public service delivery system.
He said: "An efficient service delivery system is important to ensure smooth and effective implementation of national development policies and strategies."
civil servants must be committed and discharge the task entrusted to them so
that they could deliver excellent service to the people.
How could there be any new public service delivery system when the re-evaluation of current practices to upgrade the public service delivery system has still to be carried out?
The Prime Minister should clarify whether there is going to be any launching of a new public service delivery system, as the faux pax either by him or by Maximus does not inspire public confidence that Malaysia is heading towards the restoration of a world-class civil service, despite a RM8 billion salary revision for public employees.