The ratio stands at one civil servant for every 20 Malaysians and this is among the highest, if not the highest, in the world.
It is unsustainable. It is Greece in the making, as pointed out by Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Mohd Kassim, the former Finance Ministry Secretary-General and Economic Planning Unit Director-General, who said redundant govt offices should close.
We need a two-pronged solution. First, reduce the number of civil servants and second, improve further their quality.
Malaysia Airlines Berhad trimmed their staff from over 20,000 to about 14,000.
About 30pc were made redundant and yet the airline’s services were not only maintained but further improved.
From a losing concern, the airline is now a profitable business.
We propose that the Government do an objective review of their services that are proven to be efficient, trim those that are no longer needed and cut those which are duplicated.
Do a bell curve study on the performance of civil servants. Those on the bottom 5pc must be asked to leave each year until the number is well trimmed.
We all know that the process of removing employees is difficult but for the future wellbeing of our nation, we have to.
Philip Wong Pak Ming, President Kuching Canadian Graduates’ Association