Don’t belittle civil servants, says DAP’s Kong

By S. Harrish

PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang’s recent statement asking civil servants to resign if they do not agree with the Perikatan Nasional government instructions, shows that he is disconnected with the reality.

DAP’s Michael Kong said Hadi’s Facebook post showed the PN government’s sheer arrogance and insensitivity towards the plight of the people.

“By asking civil servants to resign if they do not agree to the instructions meted down by the PN government, it is as good as asking these civil servants to totally disregard their moral compass and be a rubber stamp to the PN government.”

Kong, who is also Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen’s special assistant,  said in a statement that this should not be the way because civil servants were there to serve the people and not merely to serve the ruling government of the day.

“Hadi’s recent stance is akin to saying that the civil servants must also follow the instructions of their superiors, even when it is blatantly wrong, immoral or illegal. We can never let that happen!”

He said Malaysians have seen how dissenting opinions can help the nation and cited the 1MDB saga, where National Audit Department director Datuk Nor Salwani Muhammad’s conscience stopped her from following orders for the original audit report to be destroyed.

“We have over time seen the PN government dishing out ridiculous instructions to civil servants.”

Kong said it was time for members of the PN government to wise up and be careful with their words and actions.

“Do not belittle the civil servants especially since they are carrying all the weight now in light of your inefficiency and inability.”