KUALA LUMPUR – May 15, 2018: The plan by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to shuffle civil servants to accommodate his smaller Cabinet has sparked an intense debate on social media.
The plan also involves transferring them to the private sector .
Among supporters of the plan was Facebook user, Sofiyan Piyan, who believed that it was a wise move by Mahathir.
“Malaysia holds the highest number of civil servants where the people think working with government makes their future secured. This is unfair. These people need to change their mentality to know and learn how the private sectors work, which is more efficient,” he said.
Sofiyan also believes that the plan will reduce the government’s operation cost.
Twitter user, Sir Hazian agreed with the plan as he believes that this strategy can help the civil servants in terms of achieving better work quality.
“This is a strategy which will help them to be more productive, efficient and trustworthy. The civil servants need to be seen functioning to help the government gives their best service to the people,” he said.
Another Twitter user, Faruq Faisal said the plan is good news for civil servants nationwide.
“It is time for everyone in the government sector and agencies to provide good, sincere and efficient services to the people,” he said.
However, there were those who disagreed.
Muhammad Nizam Samdin, a Facebook user, questioned whether the plan will suffer the same fate as other similar previous schemes.
“Will the plan follows something like what happened at TNB (Tenaga Nasional Bhd) that has produced a lot of profits and later being privatized or is it just to reduce the burden of the government to pay pension and other benefits?” he questioned.
Another Twitter user called Irajela suggested for the government to revise the retirement age instead of proceeding with the plan.
“The other way is, the government should decrease the limit for compulsory retirement age. Make way for the young people to work,” she said.
Aldseri, also a Twitter user, believes that there is no difference between getting shifted to the private sector and being dismissed.
“The civil servants who will get shifted like that for sure will lose the benefits of being civil servants. For example, the pension,” he said.