Wednesday November 14, 2007
‘Broom award’ draws flak
KUALA LUMPUR: The Selangor Mentri Besar's awarding of brooms to
under-performing local councils and state agencies to remind them to buck up has
drawn flak from many quarters.
Many find his “broom bouquet” for poor performance in poor taste and crude.
The “broom award” was even brought up in Parliament on Tuesday.
The civil service umbrella union Cuepacs said it received calls from its members from other states complaining about the broom.
Cuepacs president Omar Osman said members asked if there was indeed no other way for Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo to express his dissatisfaction.
On Monday, at an excellence awards ceremony Dr Khir gave a broom each to the Hulu Selangor District Council and Hulu Selangor Land Office for failing to collect assessment for 2006 above the stipulated 50% mark.
Dr Khir also warned agencies that failed to hit the target for 2007
to expect the same “present”.
“We can understand the feelings of the civil servants attending the ceremony. The brooms were given openly, without even trying to disguise these by wrapping them,” said Omar on Tuesday.
“We cannot accept such an act. Although we support the Mentri Besar’s
intention for all civil servants to improve their performance, there is a better
way of doing it, such as giving the agencies a low star ranking or a reminder
As civil servants who form the backbone of the Selangor state
government were loyal staff, they did not deserve such a treatment in public,
Public Services director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam
declined to comment, except to say that “there are many ways of telling civil
servants how to do their jobs.”
“You can tell them directly or issue them a directive. There are many ways to ‘skin a cat’ but you have to find one that is appropriate,” he said.
In Parliament, Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Haji Omar (BN-Larut) questioned whether presenting a broom, which is linked to bad luck, was appropriate as an award.
“There must be other ways to motivate the staff. Certainly not a broom,” said Raja Ahmad.
Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun, in her
reply, also said that she did not agree with giving out brooms.
“But I am sure the Selangor Mentri Besar, who is intelligent, would know its
suitability,” said Azizah (BN-Beaufort).
In Penang, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad said that when a person had done something good, he should be praised in public but if he has failed to perform, then he should be rebuked in private
Thursday, 15 November 2007
Broom Them Out
Ha!ha!ha! You Civil Servants really need the broom if you keep up this attitude
I don't knowlah whether this is another manifestation of the Little Napoleon mentality but we the civil persons that you civil SERVANTS are supposed to serve are quite happy to see that someone finally has the guts to show you guys the broom. If the decision is up to me, I would like to follow up with pink slips to you guys that are deserving to shake the cobwebs that are so prevalent in the civil service who are no longer civil. As public proof if you guys had heard the 'panggilan hangit' segment this morning you would have listened in to a typical response by a civil servant to a member of public in distress who needed his assistance. If the scenario of a businessman who lost his passport who needed to attend an urgent business meeting overseas in order to close a business deal was true, imagine how much money MALAYSIA would have lost with such a service. And the bloody thing was the civil servant hung up on the call. What level of service is that? I hope Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Mohd. Sidek Bin Hj. Hassan, the co-chair of PEMUDAH takes note of this prevalent attitude amongst your civil servants. Otherwise what Datuk Seri Dr Khir says in defending his actions “It will be more sial (accursed) if we do not improve our work, become lazy and continue to be lackadaisical,” will definitely become true.