The PH Manifesto looks so wholesome! It’s very comprehensive, positive, inclusive and progressive. NOT.
You do realize that they stop short at promising everyone the moon and the stars, as well as the guarantee that should they become government, everyone will go straight to heaven, right?
One thing with Pakatan Harapan is, they’re never consistent. I draw example from their promise on empowering the civil service sector. This is a matter close to my heart because my parents were both civil servants, and two of my siblings work as a teacher and a police officer. I listened to their anecdotes of working in the government sector, how the reality are not as rosy as the people make them out to be. There is no such thing as working 8-5 in the government sector nowadays. Right before my father retired, we rarely see him at home before 8.00 pm because work is that demanding. For my brother, being a teacher isn’t confined to just teaching but they’re now also just a jack of all trades, master of some. They still need to do the administrative work, deal with the parents (some of whom think teachers are angels that can work magic on their children) and so on. My sister, a very proud police officer, sometimes think about quitting her job because of the stigma the society has on this profession – that the police are the government’s dogs, are politically-influenced and corrupt. On my part, I had a brief stint working in the civil service, before I realized my passion is elsewhere. But I made many friends so are now part of the middle-level executives. Some has climbed the ladder faster than others and already in higher positions.
End of emotional, sentimental rantings. Back to business.
What the PH outlined in their manifesto regarding the empowerment of the civil service is kind of embarrassing. There’s nothing new in there! Experience and performance-based promotion? Fast-track promotion for talented officers? Done and done. Have been for many years. Have even gone through some improvement to ensure the process are transparent and satisfactory to all. Thinking outside the box? One should know the government take the NBOS very seriously, and the implementation is wide-spread. What else? Oh! Ensuring government officers are not influenced by political sentiments. Please do me a favour and google “bolehkah penjawat awam melibatkan diri dalam politik?” and there you’ll have your answer. Or you can look up Peraturan-Peraturan Pegawai Awam (Kelakuan dan Tatatertib) 1993, which is THE main source that govern civil servants’ do’s and don’ts.
All of these are nothing new. I was expecting more drastic or concrete suggestions seeing how they politicize the civil service issue before (Tony Pua once called the civil servants a burden, remember?) but I guess PH’s only goal is to discredit the current government. Now that they realized that the civil servants are also part of voters, suddenly they’re backtracking. Those police that they accused as corrupts, are also part of civil servants. The force was brandished many bad names – but are now suddenly being promised of better infrastructure, reorganization of jobs to focus on counter-terrorism and internal security blablabla. Newsflash, these have been in place for many years! What exactly in the “hope” that the PH is promising, actually? False hope?