Make public the KPI of all ministries

In today’s Star, it was reported that the Minister of High education, Khaled Nordin, wanted the KPI (Key Performance Index) of the various minsitries NOT to be made public, as he said that this might lead to inaccurate deductions.

I beg to differ.

Firstly, on a point of principle, a government must be accountable and transparent, and as such , KPI as a measure of  the effectiveness of the delivery system must be made public. This is because the government derives its revenue from the people, and the ministers as head of the ministries are elected by the people (except those who are appointed via the Senate). The people thus have the right to know how each ministry and  minister is doing…

Secondly, letting public know about the performance of the ministries would enhance the effectiveness of the KPI. The ministires that do not perform well would have no choice but to buck up ; otherwise the ministers concerned would have a hard time selling himself to the electorate when the next election comes.

Thirdly, letting public know about the KPI would also serve as a incentive for the ministries to compete against each other.

There is really nothing to hide from the public, who are the boss of the country, so to speak.

Last but not least,, there should not be any manipulations of data to give false KPI, and anyone found to have done so, must face the sack immediately.


38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. VoiceOfPolitics
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 14:45:42

    Please allow me to repost your article at the, which is currently on trial run.



  2. Richard Loh
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 15:09:49

    There is really nothing to hide from the public, who are the boss of the country, so to speak.

    I beg to differ from this statement.

    They do really have a lot to hide. First, they know that they cannot perform, being that they are not appointed to the ministry according to their qualification, capabilities and knowledge but solely on line with their party alignment.

    Second, they already have something in mind, not to actually perform their duties for the rakyat benifits but to you know who.

    Thirdly, it is already shown by their disagreement with najib’s 1Malaysia from the Muhyiddin Yassin interview statements.

    Fourthly, they need ways to recuperate back all their expences for fighting to get into this position.


  3. Dr Hsu
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 15:18:34

    pls feel free to use it.



  4. annoyed
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 15:27:23

    Dr. Hsu,

    I can see now. You are indeed a thorn, not only in Gerakan, but the whole BN.


  5. Dr Hsu
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 15:45:27

    I am only speaking from my heart… If they have nothing to hide, they will not be afraid to make public the KPI.

    There is a Chinese saying that “Real gold is not afraid of fire”…. Unless of course, the gold is not gold, it is brass trying to masquerade as gold…

    So if they really want to reform, be the real gold and do not be afraid of fire.


  6. Meng
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 15:59:30

    If you have donkeys as ministers than you have donkeys performance. The KPI is just for show and to please the donkeys and the public

    Do you all think KTK will truely provide the true KPI..he has been a umno balls licker and what KPI measurement tabled would be window dressing. None can complain later as the answer…see we have a chinese to provide the KPI…

    KTK will not dare to publish the true KPI…he has to look after his doggie rice bowl.

    DPM is an idiot for calling the chinese ungrateful. The Government and umno in particular are ungrateful to the chinese who have brought up the country economically and providing the highest taxes.

    In all my email I always quote these:::””Umno don’t need the non malays votes to win””, “”Bath the keris with chinese blood”” “”Pendatang””


  7. vsvsv
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 16:05:03

    My daughter asked me why our ministers like to send their children to private school or overseas for their education, is our system not good for them??

    I really don’t know how to answer her but I was really annoyed that even our ministers/politicians stay away from our education system while they “praise” how well our system is. Can we make it compulsory for all ministers to declare where are their children taking their education?
    Local ministers must not look down on our education system, in fact they must support them. Sending their kids to private school or overseas is just like telling all people that our system is bad and not fit.


  8. klm
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 16:10:13

    Dr. Hsu. You are a true thorn. Worthy of the rose.



  9. jamesloh18
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 16:27:11

    engaged some white man pay them usd 15million do some walk around …3 months later…headline..malaysian education still top as compared to nigeria! thats malaysia boleh!


  10. Nick
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 17:10:13

    Dr. Hsu, you are really being cheeky. Publishing KPI would be the last thing any Minister wants to be judged upon. “Performance” or “lack of” has never been the hallmark for our past administrations. If it had been, the then DPM (Najib) would have resigned after PP and KT by-election loses, same for the current DPM (Muhyiddin) after the 2 Bukits fiasco. Botak Hamid would have been “impaled at the stakes” after the the about-turns in using the ISA on a journalist and on T. Kok. And our Foreign Minister would have been banished to xx after losing our beloved island. Anyway, it is fun just to speculate what Najib’s own KPI as the Finance Minister would be, here are my 2 cents worth:-

    1) Ensure Malaysia GDP Break-even for 2009.
    2) Ensure our Foreign Reserves never drop below US$ 100 Bn.
    3) Bring BURSA up to 1,000 level mark.
    4) Abolish Toll collections.
    5) Lower Elec tariffs for all industries by 30%.
    6) Lopped off Defence spendings by 70%.


  11. kittykat46
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 17:50:22

    What is the use of KPI’s which become OSA secrets ?

    I’m getting a sneaking suspicion this is all a Public Relations exercise dreamt up by some expensive media consultants, with no sincerity behind it.

    Its up to Najib/BN to prove that’s not the case.


  12. Disgusted
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 17:59:37


    Haaaaa, haaa if MCA and Gerakan gets politically married, you should be the president.

    Finally, it’s telling, how to reform? With cobweb brains like Nordin and many like this minister, everything needs to be hidden.

    Anyway, there is already a National Complaint Bureau which has disclosed the target of ministries (and related agencies or enforcement bodies) with the most complaints. It reflected the performance of the ministry (and the minister) in dealing with implementation. No big deal.

    I already on the outset said KTK will fail in his role and mission. It’s just a “stupid” PR exercise and Malaysians should not get hoodwinked by this fantasy move. This PKI thing will not work.

    This Ketchup Phoney Index is just a wayangkulit show. The best KTK can do is give colorful results in his chart. Everybody is happy except Malaysians.



  13. klm
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 17:59:44

    I saw one KPI today. The liow fella of MOH want the health staff to loose weight. Obesity problem. That is one KPI that can be published. Hahahaha!


  14. annoyed
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 18:10:35

    KPI = KoPi-o Index?

    Make sure your PM, DPM, ministers, deputy ministers do not sneak out to cafe to drink kopi-o, Mr. KTK.

    But, even if the get caught by you, they will say, I sneak out to drink teh tarik, milo peng, nescafe peng, not kopi-o.

    By the way, they don’t know what kopi-o mean, KTK.


  15. petestop
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 19:21:57

    Let’s start with KPI for the DPM….

    … what say you KTK, Mr Minister of Unity and KPI ?

    Basically the DPM admitted dolling out goodies and expecting Chinese votes in return, then calling them ingrates.

    What a farce of “1 Malaysia” and unity ?

    Can Mr Minister of Unity and KPI answer ?

    bcoz at moment it looks more like “1 Utama”, I pay money to your schools, and I expect votes from you…. ha..ha.. !


  16. Disgusted
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 20:56:41

    At the end of the day, Malaysian voters will give their “Kaput Punishment Index” at the 13th GE.

    As head of this Kopi-O Index, he will be the first to be judged.

    They can join Semi Value….on the line.



  17. Atila
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 21:10:24

    Dr Hsu

    Very difficult to trust BN’s announcement now.

    Muhyiddin said BN can gain public confidence in two years. Such nauseated statement from him.
    The more he and others talks, the more we rakyat run away from BN.

    Cant he just sit at DPM chair and deliver? Proove what he can deliver, then talk.


  18. petestop
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 21:13:42

    What a laugh… kah….kah….

    Not even one week, and already some Ministers asking KPI not to be revealed to public.

    What a joke of a kitchen cabinet and the Mr Minister in charge of KPI and Unity (whatever that is to the BeEnders) ?

    Can Mr Koh Tsu Koon explain what is 1Malaysia ?
    Is it something like 1Utama ? Whereby govt dolls out the goodies (from Rakyat’s money) and expect Rakyat to vote for them ?

    Or is it 1Malaysia for Ketuanan UMNOPutra ?


  19. klm
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 21:14:04

    Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, on Saturday also blamed Umno’s coalition partners, saying Umno could no longer rely on the MCA, Gerakan and MIC to regain the support of the non-Malays.

    UMNO going alone? Is this what they mean by one Malay(sia).


  20. Disgusted
    Apr 13, 2009 @ 22:32:06

    One Malaysia, probably mean ONE UMNO, treating the whole country as one WASHINGTON DC.

    UMNO versus the People of Malaysia

    Performance, probably means more self enrichment.

    The history of the Dr Old horse who cried at one of the Assembly of Warlords, remember history? Lamenting he couldn’t change the corruption within. Who is this new emperor with so much baggage when compared to the era of Mahathirism which also failed.

    Despite the iron fist rule (remembering more than 10,000 Malaysians ended with ISA-ism in the 44 years under the British emergency laws).

    Unless you tell me that the new emperor is more cunning, sly and smarter than the old horse. I don’t think the new emperor can last 22 years.

    Well, the new chip block will be visiting China like the old block in 1974. Drumming up some goodwill for Chinese oldies here to support the warlord party. Times have changed. Mindsets of 1974 are long dead and gone.

    Maybe the cobwebs of the new Cabinet furniture remains the same.



  21. aca
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 00:03:58

    ha2. who is to monitor the performance of the ministers?
    someone who has repeatedly said in public he will not become a backdoor Minister. and you trust this someone to do the job when he is not a man of his words?
    oh, by the way, he is your Gerakan chief.


  22. Justin Choo
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 00:53:38

    Dr Hsu,

    Don’t worry. The KPI will be made known to the public. In fact they will be declared to the world that all the Ministers got A+ or 99.99% for the KPI assessment. After all who is rating them? Of course The one and only KTK!

    The whole exercise is as usual going to be a farce and a waste of time and money. But thinking back if not for it, KTK will be out of a “job”.


  23. klm
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 04:57:01

    I wonder what Koh Tsu, Lim Si Pin and Gerakan has to say about the latest outburst of Muhyddin. What happens to Performance now? What happens to One Malaysia. What change?

    The ink of Najib’s One Malaysia slogan has barely dried and UMNO starts this old race thing again.

    I wonder where KTK is going to hide his face.

    Change from within. My foot!


  24. klm
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 05:30:26

    KTK is Minister Of Unity. What would he do when the DPM preached disunity?

    The loud silence of KTK is an indication of his impotence?


  25. Disgusted
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 08:22:45


    The karma’s spin is intensifying under the new emperor cos’ two more (matter-of-time) by-elections in Sarawak, thanks to the biggest killer disease, cancer.

    And that’s not all, two more probable in Peninsular, one in Penang and another, Selangor.

    The total number of by elections will exceed the record held previously.

    Divine intervention is great.



  26. annoyed
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 08:46:53

    Cilipadi is right
    To vote PR with might
    To fight, fight and fight
    Till victory is insight

    I personally also think that cilipadi is right, to vote PR all the way to victory.

    Just look at DPM, he does not even know what is the game of democracy by telling the Chinese and Indian about not being grateful to Umno / BN. In politics and a democracy, grateful or not is not a criteria. Once your KPI is zero, it is the time people vote you out. There is no point you cry crocodile tears that rakyat is ungrateful.

    If you think about gratefulness, by right, these Umno / BN people should be grateful to rakyat for paying them salaries, enjoying big perks, becoming wealthy, able to send your kids for overseas education. Who is who is ungrateful?

    Cilipadi is right, DPM also start with M.


  27. annoyed
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 08:53:45

    Dr. Hsu,

    I suggest to you to have a permanent link on your blog for your “A poem dedicated to all Malaysians” so that all visitors to your blog can easily access to the poem, and remind themselves to vote PR till victory.


  28. annoyed
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 08:54:58

  29. clearwater
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 12:07:12

    Not making public KPIs on Ministers is akin to a closet examination where we are asked to trust the teacher’s appraisal completely without any oversight precautions. Perhaps Khaled Nordin does not want his own performance to be the subject of public scrutiny, knowing how much Malaysian higher education sucks and how he can’t do much about improving it without upsetting the whole discriminatory applecart. In any event, I will conduct my own assessment of the Ministers’ performance, KPI or no KPI.


  30. HCtv
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 12:36:10

    把补选输掉怪罪华社不感恩 林冠英驳慕尤丁不尊重民主





  31. cilipadi
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 12:51:36


    Divine intervention is definitely there.

    People in authority, judges, police, common people, AG, lawyers, dogs, animals whatever & whoever, as long got life, are subject to Law of Karma.

    If your superior ordered you to do something that against your will, your conscience, natural justice, and you obeyed and did it…..then, better watch out…..

    Blind loyalty, or on excuse of ‘cari makan’ are not the way we should obey orders from superior.


  32. Dr Hsu
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 13:00:29

    the poem is now linked at the side of this blog.. Anyone can click and read the poem by the people for all malaysians.


  33. zztop
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 13:09:16

    It is really amazing that we have a pea brain bum like this KN running a very important positon like education in the country. No wonder our education standards have dropped… low as it is now comparable to third world countries like Zimbabwee.
    What KPIs are the new cabinet talking about when we do not have the right and capable leaders running the country. Just an eye wash to the rakyat.


  34. annoyed
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 13:15:24

    Dr. Hsu,

    Thanks for accepting my suggestion to have a permanent link for this wonderful poem. Honour should be accorded to:

    Justin Choo – who started with “Tonight Is the Night”

    A true Malaysian – who was inpired by Justin Choo, and start rolling the ball

    klm, cilipadi, monk, gerakanians and many more who contributing to the long meaningful poem.

    Bravo to you, Dr. Hsu for having this excellent platform for us to air our views and grouses.


  35. klm
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 13:15:42

    BN politician above the law

    No wonder we have all he problems. They feel they are above the normal people and beyond the law.

    (from thestar)

    A special assistant to a minister is being investigated by police for brandishing a gun at an auxiliary policeman.

    The incident allegedly occurred at the KL Sentral parking bay on Saturday evening when the Datuk, a senior government officer, was told he was not allowed to park at a certain spot.

    Angered by the instruction, he pulled out his gun and threatened to shoot the auxiliary policeman with it.


  36. annoyed
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 20:59:51




  37. annoyed
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 21:06:31




    (二)废除恶名昭彰,破坏国民团结的的国家干训局(Biro tata negara);













    This writer is marvelous


  38. annoyed
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 21:12:03






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