Datuk Ariff Sabri in his blog Sakmongkol 47 wrote.....
The SDO ( state development officer) is probably among the top five civil servants at the state level- behind the SS, SFINO, SDO, etc etc. He oversees the award of federal projects in the state and by virtue of being the representative of the federal government in a state controlled by an opposition party, must have felt at par with the CM. He thinks he can act as a government within a government.
Lim Guan Eng is an elected head of the government of the day. It does not matter whether he is a federal civil servant or state civil servant- he is bound by the conventional practice of governance. That some civil servant can come out in open defiance to an elected leader reflects the failure of our ecosystem in turning out the best. Instead it has produced some of the haughtiest employee given strength by an officious position.
Several years ago, Nazri Aziz was embroiled in a verbal fracas with a top officer of the BPR( now MACC). Nazri went ballistic and public by saying, we, the politicians are your masters. We don't like the way he said it, but he was right in the sense, political leaders are elected and in that sense are owed obedience and deference.
Would such a behaviour be tolerated if it were an UMNO head of government that was shamed? The civil servant would be transferred within 24 hours.
Not so long ago, Khir Toyo presented a senior civil servant( he must also be a MCS officer) with a broom which to the Malay is sial.
The civil servant didn't say Khir Toyo was biadab in public. In private, I am sure Khir Toyo was roundly denounced. Not a murmur from the Chief Secretary to the government then. Now we the Chief Secretary defending the actions of this particular civil servant.
Read his full article,'the leader and his civil service', here.
Read,'Chief Secretary, Nik Ali Baba and Malaysian Civil Service' here.
Adalah jelas bahawa pegawai SDO, Nik Ali itu telah melanggar bab-bab tertentu Perintah Am, tapi kerana peristewa itu berlaku di negeri yang dikuasai oleh pembangkang, maka perlakuan Nik Ali dianggap tak salah dan boleh dimaafkan.
Saya teringat kepada satu insiden, di mana seorang Pegetua sekolah telah membuat kenyataan kepada pemberita berkaitan dengan sesuatu isu. Dalam tempoh 24 jam, Pengetua tersebut telah ditukar dengan serta merta. Salahnya, ialah Pengetua tersebut tidak merujuk terlebih dahulu kepada Jabatan Pelajaran Negeri dan KPM sebelum membuat kenyataan tersebut.
Nik Ali pun buat kenyataan, bukan setakat kenyataan tapi menghina seorang Ketua Menteri, tanpa merujuk kepada 'bosnya' di Putrajaya, kenapa perbuatannya dimaafkan? Ditambah pula mungkin dalam tempoh terdekat Nik Ali akan dinaikkan pangkat lagi. Adil betul JPA 1Malaysia!
Inilah double standard yang diamalkan oleh Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam.......