Najib: Time for civil servants to fulfill
mandate given by the people
PUTRAJAYA: Civil servants need to set a new
standard by shifting to a new paradigm,
reflecting the mandate, expectation and
demand of the people said Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The reminder to move forward came in the
wake of almost 30 days after the 13th
General Election (GE13) which was held on
Najib said civil servants cannot afford to
look back and waste any more time on
excessive politicking because it would
derail the task of fulfilling promises and
aspiration of voters who have given the
mandate during the GE13.
As for the GE13, the Prime Minister said the
government had taken several steps and
measures in accordance with the law to
ensure a transparent, fair and just
election, including accepting
recommendations from the opposition parties.
"However, there are still some who dispute
the results of the GE13 claiming electoral
fraud. If we know the procedure, it is
almost impossible for anyone to cheat in a
big way," he said in his speech when
addressing the staff of the Prime Minister's
Department during a monthly gathering at
Dataran Perdana, here, today, the first
since the GE13.
Najib said allegations by some with regard
to the GE13 were ridiculous and baseless,
especially claims that the Barisan Nasional
(BN) had brought in 40,000 Bangladeshis as
'phantom voters' to ensure victory.
He said similar accusations were in the
'air' for months before the GE13, leading to
a paranoid situation among those who
believed, to an extend of even attacking a
local who looked like a Bangladeshi,
apparently to prevent the 'phantom voter'
from casting his vote.
"It is not fair for a local with tanned skin
colour to be labelled as 'foreigner'. We can
laugh about it after the GE13 but during
that time people were convinced by stories
of phantom voters which were created just to
tarnish the credibility of the election
process," he said.
Najib said the decision by the people of
Malaysia to give the BN government the
mandate to continue has been accepted by
"Right now let us show that our country
practices matured democracy, not by saying
it but showing that we accept the process of
democracy after the election," he said.
"The government will continue its efforts to
change and the transformation will continue
because the people have shown that they want
changes and that it can be done without
changing the government," he said.
Najib said weaknesses that were previously
identified could have been centered around
the government's machinery which may have
not been effective in addressing the 'war of
"We can rectify the situation and find way
to fight the war of perception - not reality
but perception. Perception can be moulded in
various ways, not only through a face to
face approach, now there is face book.
"Maybe we should give more attention to such
approach because we may lack expertise in
such areas. But we can plan and use our
expertise so that we can succeed in the
future to 'display' the actual success - not
perception but reality," he said. -- BERNAMA
Source: NST, Monday 3 June 2013
Time for civil servants to fulfill mandate
given by the people