I read the online newspapers today. There's more surprising and frightening news, folks. Welcome to a Malaysian Wednesday morning. The government has announced, as part of its efforts to alleviate the 'suffering' of the Rakyat resulting from the recent price increases, that civil servants will now be allowed to take part-time jobs and participate in businesses. TAA-DAA!!!
Ya, like they ever needed anybody's permission to do that.
“This is a long-term solution to the high cost of living we are experiencing,” said minister in the Prime Minister's department Senator Amirsham Abdul Aziz, who also heads the Economic Planning Unit. A guy with this kind of reasoning heads the economic planning unit???
Latest: NOW I HEAR FROM A COUPLE OF PEOPLE WHO KNOW THAT THE CIVIL SERVICE STANDING ORDERS DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO TAKE PART-TIME WORK!!! SO WHAT COCK IS THIS MINISTER IN THE PRIME MINISTER'S DEPT. TALKING ABOUT? BUT I SUPPOSE HE'S SHOWING THAT HE HAS THE NECESSARY TALENTS FOR WORK WITH THIS PRIME MINISTER.
So think about it folks. Does the latest decree from our government mean that we can kiss goodbye to 30-minute passport renewals, making police reports from any balai polis, a smile over the counter at a government department and all the other things that we thought were 'soooooo good' when Pak Lah made those surprise visits to this and that department so long ago?
Add all that on top of the people getting pissed off and still coming to terms with the petrol and diesel price hike and you've got a great formula for disaster. I guess the BN flers are too busy pondering their next ASEAN holiday plan to worry about trivial matters like that.
LATEST June 12, 2008: "Ismail (DG of the Public Service Dept.) said civil servants, regardless of their rank, were permitted to take up part-time jobs under the Public Officers (Conduct and Discipline) Amendment Regulations 2002."
See? That's something else that you as a member of the Rakyat didn't know. Since 2002 these baargers have been given permission to moonlight. At whose expense? At what expense?