PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Najib Razak today asked civil servants to imagine their future if the opposition comes to power.
He said the opposition had previously stated that the civil service was inefficient and bloated and would want to reduce the workforce once they take over Putrajaya.
“Imagine what will happen to you (civil servants) if the opposition takes over.
“Are you willing to risk your future and your children’s and grandchildren’s future,” he asked in his speech to over 5,000 civil servants attending the 15th Civil Service Premier Gathering at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.
Najib, who is also the finance minister, said it was unfair to compare the size of the local civil service with that of other countries.
He said this was because the civil servants included those in the health, security and education sectors.
Some countries, Najib said, did not include the health, security and education sectors as part of the civil service.
The PM also accused some opposition leaders of having criticised civil servants and labelling them “kucing kurap” (useless) and “makan gaji buta” (not doing any work).
Najib also slammed the opposition for stating that Malaysia was a failed state and would be a bankrupt nation soon.
“They say the sovereignty of the country will be sold to China, India and Saudi Arabia.
“The latest is that I will sell the country to the US when I tried to have a good relationship and trade with them.
“If that was true then why do the facts state otherwise, our gross domestic product is at 5.5% in the second quarter of this year,” he said.
Najib said international magazine Forbes had also placed Malaysia as the top destination for foreign investors to invest in Asia.
“Bank Negara’s reserves currently stand at RM431.7 billion compared with just RM60 billion during the Asian currency crisis in 1997-1998,” he said, alluding to the time when Dr Mahathir Mohamad was prime minister.
“Assuming Malaysia is a failed state, would International Living magazine have chosen us as the best retiree destination for 2017,” he asked.-FMT NEWS-