Some civil servants still a problem, says Dr M

Dr Mahathir Mohamad at a dialogue session with senior government officers in Langkawi yesterday. (Bernama pic)

LANGKAWI: Dr Mahathir Mohamad said there were still civil servants out to sabotage the implementation of government policies.

The prime minister said he will continue talking about the issue, adding that the “clean-up” process in government departments and agencies is not an overnight job.

“There are still officers who are not committed. For example, there are civil servants who have not been paid for four months, when it clearly can be done. I do not understand why.

“One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch,” he said in a question-and-answer session with senior government officers here last night.

Mahathir said he often raised the issue of sabotage to serve as a reminder to all government servants to carry out their responsibilities.

He said civil servants should also be tolerant towards political appointees who were not as well informed in administrative matters.

“These new people are learning. If you are not patient, you cannot work together. That is why we need to give and take a little,” he said.

He said all parties should learn to deal with shortcomings by correcting what went wrong.

He said the world had recognised that Malaysia was recovering, although there was still much to do.

“Pakistan’s prime minister came here to ask about some of the things that we have done.

“The damage done by the previous leadership was so great, even we were shocked. Now we have managed to restore the country’s administration even though it has not yet reached a satisfactory level,” he said.