Dr M Unhappy with Ministers, Also Officials Still Loyal to Previous Govt

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Lambasted government officials who delayed appointment of minister’s officers who were not paid in the last four months.

  • Damage in government far worse than thought
  • Officials still loyal to previous administration delaying implementing decisions that have been made
  • Ministers’ officers not paid for four months until Cabinet took action

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he is not satisfied with the achievements and performance of Cabinet ministers since they were appointed to their respective portfolios in the new government.

“I’m not satisfied. If possible, I want (anything that has been directed) to be settled yesterday, not today,” he said.

The Pakatan Harapan chairman was speaking at a press conference after chairing the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council meeting at Menara Yayasan Selangor yesterday. Also present were PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and PPBM Youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman.

Mahathir lambasted the actions of some government officials for delaying decisions until they had to be transferred to another department in order to facilitate the administration.

He said there were officials who delayed the appointment of ministers’ officers who were not paid in the last four months.

“Due to certain reasons, we are unable to meet 100% of our promises. The damage in the government is far worse as some people delayed implementing the decisions that have been made. 

“We found that there are officials who are still loyal to the previous administration and Najib.

“We appointed officers as the ministers are entitled to get their staff. Despite my approval of their appointments, they are still not getting their salaries, purportedly because something is wrong with the appointment.

“It is only when the Cabinet decided to take action that the salary was paid,” he said.

Meanwhile, commenting on the appointment of Education Minister Maszlee Malik as president of the International Islamic University (IIUM), which had received criticisms from various quarters, Mahathir said: “The people gave their opinions and we are also sensitive to the reaction. So we have decided to review it.

“It is not carved in stone,” he said.