We’re not inconsiderate, just focused on strengthening finances, PM tells civil servants

PUTRAJAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today denied his administration was inconsiderate when denying financial aid to the people, including increasing the salary of civil servants, saying the government was focused on strengthening the country’s finances.

The prime minister said that the rakyat these days were dependent on Putrajaya to provide financial assistance.

The previous government, he said, had no problem handing out such assistance as they had misused government funds.

“But the current government cannot do so as this would see the country’s debt increase,” he said when addressing civil servants at a dialogue here.

Also present was Chief Secretary to the Government Ismail Bakar.

Mahathir also said that increasing financial assistance without increasing productivity would have no effect on the purchasing power and this could eventually lead to a rise in inflation.

He said he had to explain this as there was a perception that his government was inconsiderate.

Mahathir said that was not the case.

“But if we use money we borrowed or stole to show that we are considerate, we will find ourselves in trouble.”