PETALING JAYA: Veteran journalist A Kadir Jasin has asked ministers, chief ministers and state exco members to voluntarily resign if they have failed to meet the mark after one year of taking up their posts.
In his blog, the prime minister’s special adviser on media and communications also said a year was long enough for them to learn the ropes.
“If there are those who are still crawling and feeling around a year after being given this opportunity, then it is our responsibility to ask them to reconsider their positions and, if need be, to voluntarily leave so that others can replace them,” said Kadir in his post.
He said the rakyat can only give opinions and hope for the best as the right and discretion to do the necessary lies in the hands of the prime minister.
“He (Dr Mahathir Mohamad) certainly is more aware as he gave his Cabinet marks of only 50%,” said Kadir.
“In my understanding, this is an average score. Some are below 50 and some are above 50.
“The bottom 50 can be targeted to be replaced,” he said, while adding that those who voted for Pakatan Harapan have the right to assess who in their opinion had succeeded or failed to meet their aspirations.
Mahathir, when asked in an interview recently on how he rated his Cabinet, gave it a “five out of 10”.
“I am very conservative. I have been in the government for 22 years and I know how the government functions, but these people (ministers) are new; they do not know how.”
Some civil servants sabotaging government
Kadir further revealed that some of those appointed by the Barisan Nasional government were still in their positions and loyal to their previous bosses, continuing to follow the old ways of doing things.
He said they were, directly and indirectly, sabotaging the Pakatan Harapan government to keep their positions and hide their secrets.
“Some of them have been promoted because they are capable, or simply due to the promotion process.”
Kadir said it was time for the Public Service Department and the Public Service Commission to work with the government to remove these “viruses” so that the executive and administrative branches can work together for the country and the people.
“It will be better for anyone not in line with the thinking of the PH government or feels they are not qualified to resign.”