Does anyone remember the term "government servant"? I remember hearing it a lot when I was growing up. It referred to the people who work in government departments, ministries or anything to do with government la. Later, in school we we told/taught that government servants 'served' the people. Okay that's cool with me. But these days things seem to have changed. "The description, "Government servants" nowadays seem to refer to us la. We are there to pay taxes and serve the government or more precisely those in high offices in the government. Have you ever felt that is the way it is?
Recently, it was discovered that the minister of tourism and culture, Nazri Aziz had employed his son as a special officer in the ministry. Naturally, a lot of questions were asked. Nepotism? Is this allowed? What is the son's job function? But we, being servants to the government were told by the Yang Berhormat, menteri......
"I am a trained lawyer and I know what I am doing."
"He (his son, Nedim) shall remain a special officer to me."
"I don't care what people think. I don't care what bloggers, netizens, journalists write about me. Today I am still a minister appointed by a bigger majority in my constituency, so what do they have to say?"
"I don't please anybody but myself. If making him a special officer makes me happy then that's it."
When we vote politicians into office do we also grant them the licence to become arrogant arse-holes? No? Perhaps we should check the fine print.