Mr Goh Bok Yen is a well-respected town and transport planning consultant who has obviously dealt with many many government civil service departments. Similarly, Ir Yong Yew Wei of Ismail dan Rakan Rakan, an engineering consultancy firm has had his share of experiences.
It was a discussion which lasted past 11pm, which included a teh tarik session at a mamak stall near the Oriental Daily office at Wisma Dang Wangi. The highlights of the discussion is published in today's copy of the Chinese paper. Do get a physical copy, if anything for the well presented charts alone.
Interestingly enough, Soon Li Tsin of Malaysiakini was quick to the draw to reconstruct the chart which made a comparison between Malaysia and many other countries in the region earlier this morning. It's now available in the article entitled "166,659 vacancies in 'bloated' civil service".
The ratio of the country’s civil service to the population is proportionately higher than other countries at 4.68 per cent.The figures certainly lends (heavy) weight to the gist of my supposed controversial statement that the Civil Service needs to be trimmed for it's size is not only detrimental to overall efficiency but also a major financial burden on the Government.
This ratio comparatively doubles that of our neighbours as reported in Oriental Daily which showed Thailand’s ratio was 2.06%, Indonesia (1.79%) and Philippines (1.81%) in 2000.
Two other key points raised during the discussion included firstly, the need for a carrot and stick approach. The pay hike given is a very attractive carrot, and now its important to implement the stick approach.
...潘儉偉則認為，如果能夠推行一套監督鞭策的機制，調高薪金可以減少貪污。I've also previously discussed this issue in my education blog post with regards to Datuk Seri Hishammuddin's "Pool of Doom".
In addition, I emphasized on the need for teachers and lecturers, as well as doctors to receive additional increments as the police and military force did.
潘儉偉認為，這次公務員調薪，政府特別額外加薪20%給軍警人員，是值得肯定。不過，在公務員隊伍裡，教師和醫生也應該給予特定的關注。So happy reading the various news reports, and I'll try to put up my 3rd post on Civil Service Excellence as soon as possible. ;)