For those who are unaware, PNS is Periuk Nasi Syndrome.
haven't yet purchased a copy of Tommy Thomas' book, "My Story: Justice
in the Wilderness", but now, like most other people, I will buy a copy
before it is banned or is out of circulation.
The comments by the felon, Najib Abdul Razak, his brother, Nazir, former director-general of the Judicial and Legal Training Institute (Ilkap) Mohamad Hanafiah Zakaria, former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali, and current AG Idrus Harun about Thomas’ book, have aroused my curiosity.
are upset with Thomas' personal opinions and have either filed lawsuits
or lodged police reports. Nazir needs to read Britain's declassified
reports on May 13, and civil servants should grow up and stop
surrounding themselves with sycophants. The Malays have lost their
competitive edge. They collect praise, like former police chief Khalid
Abu Bakar used to collect tweets and social media likes.
Malays, especially those serving in the government and the civil
service, ego comes first. His race and religion share equal second
place. His wife may be at number 10. His mother, probably number 7. The
ranking is probably different for Malay women. Vanity about their
husband's pay-packet ranks highly, especially among the Mak Datins
(Malay tai-tais). The pressure to look youthful is probably number 3 on
Having been brought up to consider himself as a member
of the master race, his views and outlook on life, including his
self-worth are biased. The Malay civil servant exhibits even more
extreme feudal tendencies than an ordinary person. In the community, he
serves those who are above him in the social ranking. The bowing and
scraping are more intense if he has to address a datuk or royalty.
his workplace, he shows deference to his superiors. The higher the
rank, the more that person is worshipped like a deity. As a senior civil
servant, he knows that his juniors look up to him and he is aware that,
given half a chance, a few would stick their knives into his back.
'Maruah' matters and this explains why some are upset with Thomas' book.
junior civil servant has a job for life. He clocks in, clocks out, does
the minimal amount of work required and prostrates himself before the
people who matter. In time, he will work his way up the greasy civil
service pole, in a dog-eat-dog world. Just observe how little Napoleons
treat members of the public who are poor and illiterate at government
counters. It's not nice.
I recently wrote
about a person who had clearly been promoted well beyond his capability,
but some former civil servants disagreed.
My argument was that
there were other capable people who were not 'yes' men, who were better
qualified and whose experience in various fields would be advantageous.
Meritocracy should be the main criterion, and people who are willing to
question their superiors would make better candidates.
The retort I
received was that the man who had been promoted was a relative of
so-and-so and how dare I question the appointment, especially as the
candidate played golf with the head honcho.
is that it? According to this former civil servant, golf is the
deciding factor. Is this how ministers are appointed? What if potential
candidates for important positions pretend to miss the ball, or fluff
putts, and allow the head honcho to win and make him thinks he is the best golfer in Putrajaya? If
some former civil servants prioritise golf, then you know why this
country is in a mess today. You then wonder about the calibre of the
current civil servants.
Perhaps, in another 10 years, when
Malaysia finally hits rock bottom, the current crop of civil servants
who enter retirement will emerge to demand action and reform, and call
themselves the G50 group. When asked why they did not speak up before, the former civil servants will say, "At the time, I suffered from PNS."