All carrots and few sticks!

A few years ago, I wrote about ‘that time of the year again“. For those who have followed this blog, they know that I am not talking about festivals like Chinese New Year or Raya or Deepavali. They know that I refer to the time when lay men like you and me feel angry and frustrated towards certain ‘wrongs”, but are powerless to do anything.

For those who are new to this blog, perhaps they can visit the old article if they have the time.

The time of the year which I refer to is of course the release of the Auditor General’s report.

Before I go any further, however, I would like to commend the AuG (to differentiate him from the other AG) for not sweeping things under the carpets in this report, even when this is the last report before a GE is called. Civil servants should be impartial —  all things good and bad in those departments that are being audited should be reported  without fear or favour, as has been done in this report.  I must say that despite the tremendous pressure the AuG must be under to release a rosy report, he has done a good job in giving a fairly impartial reporting, an act other civil servant should follow, if they truly understand the meaning and spirits of democracy.

As in previous years, there are so many instances of abuse and mismanagement in spending. Millions are literally flowing  (maybe overflowing will be more apt) out of the government coffers,  not down the drains, but certainly going into some vendors or suppliers’ pockets. These people are literally laughing to the bank, since so many items or services are sold to the government at a price many many times the norm..

I wonder why after so many years, weaknesses are still not being corrected, and holes are not being plugged.

There are a few questions that I would like to raise:

1. How many of the previous wrong doers are investigated and charged?

2. Some leaders have mentioned that it was difficlt to charge these wrong doers in court as yo need to prove criminal intent such as proof of corruption. But even if there is no criminal intent (such as corruption) and thus there may not be a case in court, there are  certainly an element of negligence and  abuse in the anomalies mentioned.  When there are abuses and negligence, the government has a right to take disciplinary action against the officers involved.  I wonder just how many cases are being given disciplinary punishment? How many out of these anomalies are charged in court?

3. Over the years, departments do not seem to have learn from other departments and same kind of abuses and wastage are happening year in and year out. Is this because officers have known that even if the  abuses are highlighted, nothing much would happen to them ?

3.  Would it not be wise, in view of many  Auditor General”s reports over the years highlighting the same anomalies and weaknesses, to enact a law that make the officer in charge be hauled up in court for abuses and negligence, if the abuses and negligence are viewed as being too excessive ?

4. If little follow up action is done despite the highlighting of these abuses and wastage, or if disciplinary action (such as transferring an officer out to another department) is deemed too lenient , wouldn’t it embolden others to emulate those highlight in the reports and thus perpetuate the culture of wastage and negligence?

5. There are clearly spelt out hierarchy in the civil service. Shouldn’t the supervising officers  that are supposed to be the immediate bosses of those highlighted in the AG’s report shame a certain amount of blame? Should it not that disciplinary action be taken against these immediate superiors for failing to supervise their immediate subordinates?

If action is already being taken against these errant officers for their wrong doings and the supervisors for failing in , the action needs to be more publicized to act as deterrent to other officers. Sometimes you need to kill a chicken to warn the monkeys.

The way things are, weaknesses as highlighted in the previous AG’s reports do not seem to have be taken seriously by those running the administration.  While carrots ( pay rises and bonuses)are being dangled out so often , sticks must be employed once in while to  send the message across that abuses and excessive mismanagement will be sternly dealt with.

So far, the perception among ordinary people is that there are  many carrots and few sticks.

Without plugging these holes, we are not going to have an efficient service which is one of the major requirements if we want the country to move out from its also-run status to become a developed country.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Wave33
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 21:00:53

    Nah… It will not happen, everyone is on the same boat. Try to do something “funny”, the boat sink, you drown together.

    Why are there so many scandals expose on BN? “I hit you and you hit me back” syndrome, all on the same boat.

    The same is happening in PKR Selangor too.

    The judiciary, legislative and monarchy is working for UNNO, except this AG. Why? Makan salah ubat kot…

    Beats me…

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  2. Phua Kai Lit
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 12:44:53

    Auditor-General’s annual report is not wasted tax-payer money.

    It can probably be used as the basis for prosecution for
    corruption and misappropriation of public funds (after a regime change).

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  3. Simple Sense
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 04:57:32

    Regime change may not eradicate the corruptions in a short period of time. Corruption has become the DNA of the civil service system, and it appears to be a culture in Malaysia. Corruption is not a passive disease but an active evil.

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  4. Achoo
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 10:47:53

    I’m sorry for this country! Look the old mamak had already declared that the Malays are beggars and the GLCs must help. This imply also the government departments must help. Isn’t this why instances of abuse and wrongdoing are being condoned and forgiven?
    That is why every year when UMNO have their assembly, the beggars are coming out well suited and well decked with jewellery and in their Ferraris.

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  5. Disappointed Malaysian
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 23:38:35

    You see, in the case of corruption, we want the law to be enforced. We ask why are these corrupted people not charged? Why do they get away even after breaking the law? If we have an effective anti corruption agency, we are surely to have a cleaner country right?

    See what are asking for when it comes to corruption? See what people are asking for when it comes to rising crime rates? We ask for law ENFORCEMENT. We ask for people to be put to jail that it becomes an example to others to abide the law.

    What happens when people don’t abide the law? Others see it and say “hey he got away taking 30 mil MYR, what’s wrong with me taking 10 mil.”. Robbers will think “hey, everyday there are news about people getting robbed but no news about robbers being caught. Maybe I will be fine if I rob the ATM across the road”.

    This is where we go downwards.

    This is the same for AES. If there is no enforcement in any way, more will start to break traffic laws.

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