Halt the spi­ralling cost of emol­u­ments

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na­tional bud­get. There is al­ways some­one or some po­si­tion that will be re­spon­si­ble for a func­tion. Yet, we are so fond of set­ting up com­mit­tees for all and sundry which is not how to run a govern­ment. Or deal with an is­sue.

There will be some­one whose job is to deal with an is­sue and that per­son or depart­ment must be given the re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­solve that is­sue. The prob­lem is many de­part­ments and agen­cies are do­ing al­most the same func­tions hence the ob­ses­sion with com­mit­tees.

As an ex­am­ple take Ter­aju, which is in charge for bu­mipu­tra en­trepreneur­ship de­vel­op­ment but there is al­ready such a unit in MITI. Why can’t both be com­bined for ef­fi­ciency and cost sav­ings?

There are many more such ex­am­ples; ev­ery new min­is­ter or men­tri be­sar tends to start a new en­tity, which in the long run is a waste of money.

Ear­lier, all new agen­cies or statu­tory bod­ies had to go through Par­lia­ment for ap­proval. These days a com­pany is formed un­der the Com­pa­nies Act to short cut the process.

It should make no dif­fer­ence un­der what law the govern­ment com­pany was set up, all must be ap­proved by Par­lia­ment or state as­sem­blies. I be­lieve that was the true spirit of our acts and reg­u­la­tions. It is sub­stance over form.

Ef­fi­cient Bud­get Spend­ing Kuala Lumpur

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