KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said on Tuesday he felt slighted by the allegation that the 1Malaysia concept had been plagiarised from another country.
Describing the allegation as “a big lie”, he said the 1Malaysia concept which was introduced after he helmed the country’s administration was his own creation.
“The 1Malaysia concept was not copied from another country. It is my own creation. Other countries may have a one this and a one that but nowhere in this world is there a 1Malaysia: People First, Performance Now,” he said when opening the Cuepacs triennial convention, here.
In a stern voice, Najib said the government moved forward on the basis of reality and not any dream.
“It is very easy for us to make a political promise, but will that something based on the most populist approach be beneficial to us or otherwise?” he asked.
Najib said a responsible government focused on developing a country should uphold and implement responsible policies.
“A responsible government needs responsible policies … not promises which are not founded on reality,” he said.
Najib has come under criticism by several quarters, particularly Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who had alleged that the government, through global communication consulting firm Apco Worldwide, had plagiarised the 1Malaysia concept from the OneIsrael campaign which the same company had allegedly created for the Zionist regime in 1999.
The Parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee found Anwar’s allegation to be without basis and recommended to the Dewan Rakyat for him to be suspended from the house for six months.
Last Thursday, before it adjourned sine die, the Dewan Rakyat suspended Anwar for six months. Three other opposition MPs, Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor), R. Sivarasa (PKR-Subang) and Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak), were also suspended for six months for contempt because of making public information privy to the rights and privileges committee.
On the question of bonus for civil servants, Najib, who is also finance minister, said it would be considered if the financial position of the government was strong.
The prime minister said the government understood what Cuepacs wanted but the government had to be realistic in its spending.
“We will do the best (for the people) but within the capability (of the government). I would be most happy if I could pay bonus because I would be able to see the smiles on the faces of the 1.3 million civil servants. But we have to be realistic. Our expenditure cannot exceed our income,” he said.
Najib said the government did not want to be forced into borrowing from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) just to pay the salaries of civil servants.
“If we do that, in no time we will become a country administered by the IMF. With the IMF administering the country, our independence will become meaningless,” he said.
In his address to the 1,171 delegates, Najib reminded civil servants serving on the frontlines to understand the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) as they reflected the government’s image.
“If these frontliners do not subject themselves to a shift in the mindset, then there will be disappointment among the people.
“They (the people) will be disappointed with the government because the policies announced at the highest level for implementation would not have reached the frontliners in the government,” he said, advising Cuepacs to ensure the mindset shift.
The prime minister also said that civil servants must undergo a mindset change to openly accept and facilitate the entry of foreigners in government service.
He said civil servants should not look upon foreigners with suspicion because, more importantly, it was necessary to obtain foreign expertise for the country to remain competitive.
Source : Bernama