It was indeed interesting to read Richard Teo’s  article on this thread on 25th. June 2009 where the writer states “ DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng(LGE) maybe an astute politician but I think he is an inexperienced administrator.”

The writer whilst recognising the fact that LGE is an astute politician, nonetheless is of the view that LGE is an inexperienced administrator, seems to be a contradiction of sorts. This is owing to the fact, that politicians are elected into office to primarily plan, chart and to formulate policies for the greater good and well being of the society they are responsible to, and serve.

The writer has got the first part, right. LGE is an astute politician. There is no doubt about it. It is the second part, of the view, that merits some comments.

For all intent and purpose, over the centuries of the development of the civil and the maturing of a democratic societies all over the universe, it has been established, that politicians upon being elected into office, will have to undertake and look forward to bringing into realisation their firm commitments, pledges and election manifesto, which they had used with their oratory skills, to convince to voting populace, to vote for their party and their candidates.

That is what LGE is now demonstrating by his various acts and conduct, to maintain the power of the Executive Branch over the Administration Penang.

But, there is a distinction between exercising the power of the Executive and the Administration and the implementation of the Policies determined by the Penang State Assembly.

This is where the Civil Service plays an important and active role. As the saying, goes, “the people elect their Government and the Civil Service runs the Government.”

No one should ever loose sight of the fact, that Governments may come and go at the wishes of the voting populace, when they realise that their political leaders have lost their commitment to serve the cause of the people, and when their leaders have become complaisant and have become self indulgent.

But on the other hand based on our 52 years record of democratic and the functioning of civil society, we have attained and maintained an experienced civil service. No doubt there will always be complaints of the slack in the service, which only gives rise for improvement. This is the reality we have to face, as it is imperative to be of the realisation that no society can achieve the point of being “ UTOPIAN.”

So, here comes the crunch, to the writer’s  contradictory part, that LGE is an “inexperienced administrator” which sentiment is baseless and without  any foundation or substance.

The writer makes reference to the COMICAL PERAK DIABOLICALLY CONCIEVED STATE OF AFFAIRS, to faithfully conclude that the Penang and Selangor Government are inexperienced and since they “continue to ignore this fundamental placement of BN people, that it is likely that their days in government are numbered.” This is an audacious conclusion.

However, to a larger extent, it can be noticed that people are entitled to their view. Nonetheless, it is a statement that can be regarded as being made from ignorance and is thereby, impetuous.

The people on March 8 2008 did not cast their votes to elect a Government, that was supposed to go on a “witch hunt” to purge to Civil Service of BN Appointments. As such, it may not be misplaced, to draw a finding that the writer views on the current state of the prevailing national affairs are seen through the prism of narrowly defined personal or party interest.

Based on the general observation of the performance of the State Governments in Selangor and Penang, it is clearly apparent that the respective Chief Ministers are executing their duties and responsibilities  with the commitment, that demonstrates the presence of a combination of decisiveness and clarity.

Their decisions, not to remove certain top civil servants, but to give them an ultimatum to improve upon their poor performance, is indeed, laudable.

It must always be remembered, that the management of the affairs of any Government, cannot and does not appeal to divine inspiration, especially in our diverse society. The Government of the day who may be astute politicians, have to tailor their policies which are for the wider good and acceptance of the society at large, which is without discrimination and on the basis of equality and justice.

They would have to argue upon all fronts and continue to argue on the economic situation, the education system that provides the substance and the skill for the employment market, the various infrastructure projects that have to be maintained and upgraded, the health and sanitary conditions, the current administrative practices versus new theories that may have to be introduced to enhance and improve upon the delivery system for the general well being of the people who pay the taxes to keep the Government machinery functioning and the current prevailing economic situation and its significance  in relation to the non economic enrichment that has resulted from previous Governments policies and a host of other factors.

In the final analysis, as we are all only human, we are fallible, but it would be a fallacy, irresponsibility and a great tragedy and of gross injustice for any elected Government to under the guise of reconstruction, Replace Senior Civil Servants, to consolidate their political aspirations.

All politicians should always note what Reinhold Niebuhr said: “ Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.” And that

“ The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.”

As a politician, LGE is virtuous. But he cannot accomplish everything alone. All Statements Governments need the experience of the Civil Service. With proper management and accountable systems in place any Government can establish order and attain respect from the governed.



  1. boscopa Says:

    Yes, I am

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