KUALA LUMPUR: Cuepacs has rubbished claims of the existence of a “deep state” among civil servants trying to sabotage the administration of the Pakatan Harapan government.
Cuepacs secretary-general Adnan Mat denied the existence of such a thing, saying the real issue was miscommunication between the government and the civil service.
“The issue of sabotage does not exist. What exists is a communication problem between the ‘new people’ and ‘old people’ in the government.
“These new people want to implement change but do not set it in documents (policies); they only talk.
“In the end, the existing document (previous government’s policy) is implemented by officers because if the officers go against the existing policy, they are also in the wrong,” he told a press conference at Wisma Cuepacs yesterday.
Adnan said this had led to the misunderstanding, raising suspicions that the officers were not executing the orders of ministers, their superiors and others.
“The victims are the officers who, in the end, are ‘frozen’ (in their duties). This comes at a loss to the people and the government because we pay these officers their wages, but they’re ‘rested’,” he said.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad previously said he would get more information on claims of a deep state among civil servants trying to sabotage the government administration, expressing confidence that it can be contained if true.
Last week, DAP MP Ramkarpal Singh also said there were “forces” working within the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to discredit Tommy Thomas after the attorney-general had decided not to appeal against the acquittal of Rafizi Ramli.
Thomas expressed shock the AGC had filed an appeal against Rafizi’s acquittal in a case involving the bank accounts of National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) last month, saying he will rescind the appeal.
Before that, Deputy Rural Development Minister R Sivarasa had alleged that the arrests of 12 people suspected of links with the defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were part of a deep state plan to damage the government’s reputation.
Sivarasa said the arrests had upset a significant number of the coalition’s Indian supporters as well as some Malay and Chinese supporters and was a cause of PH’s devastating defeat in the Tanjung Piai by-election on Nov 16.