The following is my letter to the Forum in Daily Express.
Daily Express forum 9.3.2014
I refer to the letter from JL in Forum on 2.3.2013.
When I read it I felt as if JL was writing to me.
I also refer to the article in the Daily Express dated 25.12.2013 entitled ‘RM183M sewerage project queried’.
JL’s letter was captioned “Tolerance of dissent - a hallmark of good govt”.
I completely agree with him that it is everyone’s duty as a citizen of this country to assist the government in any way possible.
But, how do you assist the government (JKRS) when some of the staffers are the culprits themselves? How do you help when the watchdogs drag their feet or seemingly collude with the people they are supposed to monitor?
I have written many articles in my blog, written to DOE, written e-mails and had two discussions with the National Audit Department Sabah, written to YB Datuk Joseph Pairin who is the minister of development and infrastructure, written to JKRS, written to Institute of Engineers Malaysia and have recently brought up the matter with some politicians.
My blog was highlighted in the Daily Express as front Page news on 25.12.2013 and was in the Daily Express forum on 23.2.2014.
Last Friday following a news paper report in the Daily Express “Mayor regrets attitude of some” I wrote to the mayor as well.
I also wrote to State Development office director Datuk Matusin Sunsang after reading another report in the Daily Express: “Carry out duties, contractors told”.
Yes, as JL puts it I have my story to tell of my less-than-happy encounter with civil servants in particular with PWD (JKRS). It is too early to say if my encounter with the politicians, I recently met, will also leave much to be desired. I hope my story will not remain a story without an end.
JL said that the A-G’s report plays the whistle blowing and pressing roles. Undeniably the Auditor General has done his job well.
I wish I could say the same of the director of National Audit Department Sabah. His enthusiasm at our first meeting has evaporated after his meeting with the director of JKRS. If the audit department is unable to discuss documents obtained in an audit with a citizen (following the citizen’s request and explanation of the purpose of procuring that document) how can we say he has done his job well?
Talking about the hallmark of a good government I would have thought that ‘transparency’ should be high on the list. However, the director of the National Audit Department has just simply said that he can’t discuss matters procured during an audit procedure as the documents are of a confidential nature. Huh!
Doesn’t hallmark of a good government also mean making sure that taxpayers get value for money?
I am a tax-payer and I believe I have given the Audit Department good quality, credible and actionable information and it appears that no action has been nor will be taken against the culprits who I have identified.
JL also said that the government should take the necessary steps to ensure no wastage of funds because the money could have been used to curb inflation……
Hello, the cause of the wastage of funds is the government servants themselves. The question that begs an answer is as to who is going to take action against the malpractice of the government servants in JKRS?
What steps are being taken by JKRS to ensure that there is no wastage of funds? Why is JKRS protecting the culprits at the expense of tax-payers?
JL also wrote However, the question that remains is: Are those concerned bothered about what the people say? This makes us repeat the question we have often asked. Or will the public forever be coming out with statements that the concerned simply don’t care? Is the government immune to public opinion?
To answer JL’s question, it is quite obvious that those concerned are not bothered about what people say. It appears that the government servants are immune to public opinion. Should the government servants not be made accountable for their transgression? The question I have for JL is: How do we ensure that errant government servants are made accountable for their misconduct?
I concur with JL’s “Stop corruption and massive wastage”.
Yes! With all the matters that I have exposed in my blog if JKRS is not prepared to take severe action against the culprits what conclusion can we arrive at? If the officers in JKRS are clean why have they not asked to meet the press, as suggested in the forum on 23.2.2014, and come clean of the alleged fiasco?
Our duty is to question corruption. Corruption is the enemy of the hallmark of a good government. It must be got rid of.
To keep tolerating the abuses would be tantamount to sending a wrong message to civil servants.
I am of the same opinion as JL when he says: the “rakyat” do not wish to see this country of ours go to ruin by people that are dishonest, lacking in integrity, corrupt and bleed this country for their own self-interest.
People are already upset at the way public money is being squandered. They are worried how come the wrong doers go scot-free while they struggle to make ends meet.
The message to the government is, uphold good governance.
A Nation of Sheep, Breeds a Government of Wolves!