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prepared to tell Bakri to resign as IGP if the latter continues to oppose
the establishment of IPCMC?
Abdullah said the government would not tolerate those who undermined the plan and told civil servants: “Facilitate and not frustrate!” If government officers cannot deliver, they should take a rest – “In fact, they should take a permanent rest”.
Tough, no-nonsense talk by the Prime Minister. But because of his failure to deliver his many reform pledges and programmes in the past 30 months, the question that immediate comes to the public mind is whether Abdullah will this time “walk the talk” to wield the axe against those who obstruct and frustrate his pledge of efficient, effective, accountable, transparent and incorruptible public service – whether the incompetent, the lazy, the wasteful, the corrupt or those who disagree with the fundamental principle of accountable and transparent public service - or whether all the fierce talk will just remain “hot air”?
How many public officials had Abdullah removed in the past 30 months for frustrating his reform pledge and programme to head a clean, incorruptible, efficient, effective, accountable, transparent, fair and just administration?
Most important of all, is Abdullah prepared to tell Tan Sri Mohamad Bakri Omar to resign as Inspector-General of Police if the latter refuses to accept civilian authority and continues to spearhead opposition to the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC)?
Bakri is guilty of an act of open insubordination in leading the opposition against the IPCMC proposal when the Prime Minister had made an open and public commitment to establish the IPCMC, leaving to the Attorney-General to fine-tune the enabling statute and regulations to set up the IPCMC.
Where is the credibility of the Prime Minister’s new “no nonsense” approach when the IGP continues to enjoy immunity and impunity for his open insubordination against the Prime Minister and the Cabinet in spearheading the opposition against the IPCMC proposal?
When the nine non-Muslim Cabinet Ministers could be so publicly slapped down for their memorandum to the Prime Minister on the constitutional rights of non-Muslims in the wake of the M. Moorthy and Article 121(1A) controversies, what is the reason for the double standards when the IGP can get away scot-free when is guilty of a very much more serious offence in his act of open insubordination in publicly opposing the IPCMC?
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