Maintaining Public Order is a Public Good, Nur Jazlan


October 12, 2016

Maintaining Public Order is a Public Good, Nur Jazlan

By Hafidz Baharom

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com

 

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Make Government more efficient and Ministers more accountable. You are, Nur Jazlan, fired. Like Mohamed Rahmat, you are nuisance.–Din Merican

If maintaining public order during street protests is a waste of money, how about the taxpayer money spent investigating ridiculous issues and the money spent on lawmakers? Public Management 101

I refer to Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan’s remark that having to use the relevant authorities to maintain public order during a street protest is a waste of funds.

This is rather ironic, considering the number of ridiculous investigations being conducted by the authorities, including investigations into the raising of a middle finger as “insulting the modesty of a person”.

But more to the point, if we are talking about a waste of funds in governance and such, there is a lot to talk about in terms of both public and private institutions.

Let us start with the most obvious.

According to a compilation published on iMoney.my, each Member of Parliament is paid RM16,000 in monthly salary, RM1,200 as driver’s allowance, RM1,500 as entertainment allowance, RM1,500 as travel allowance, RM900 as telephone allowance and RM200 a day to attend a sitting of Parliament. This is paid for by taxpayers

The Prime Minister gets an add-on of close to RM23,000 a month, while the Deputy Prime Minister gets RM18,000 monthly, and the Opposition Leader gets close to RM4,000. All of this is above and beyond the allowances and salaries they already get.

Considering the costs above, isn’t it considered a waste of public resources for the obvious redundancies?For example, why does everyone get a RM200 allowance for every day that they attend Parliament and to basically do their job?

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Also, why do they need a car if they’re based in Kuala Lumpur when they can use public transport like the rest of us? Furthermore, isn’t traveling also part and parcel of a lawmaker’s duty? On top of that, do we really have to fund MPs phones?

In addition to all of this, Parliament sessions in Malaysia have been less than 100 days. This is even highlighted on Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong’s blog, dated November 14, 2014. He had asked for more days for parliamentary debates in 2015.

You read that right, our lawmakers are sitting in Parliament and debating less than a third of a year, and God knows what else they do with their high monthly salaries and allowances when they aren’t yelling at each other in the Dewan Rakyat.

As a result, the entire process of lawmaking has been delayed to the point that even now we have yet to have any amendments regarding anti-corruption laws, the use of the AES system, and even the vaping regulations.

In fact, with only so few days to debate Acts of law, how exactly is the government going to amend 18 laws for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) by this year-end, as mentioned by Minister of International Trade and Industry Mustapa Mohamed earlier this year?

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Rani Kulup –UMNO’s clown

To cut it short, using the fact that lawmakers and ministers are all inefficient and not working to actually make laws, as a measure for “wasting public resources”, should we not in the same mindset just shut down our government?

Of course not. This is because the value in having a democratic government, just like the freedom of expression through street protests, cannot and should not quantified.

You cannot measure it in man hours, productivity figures, contribution to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) or even the gross national income (GNI).

So, if Nur Jazlan truly wishes to talk about the wastage of public funds and start measuring matters relating to governance and efficiency in government, then he should do so without bias.

And if we do so, then I am certain such a feasibility study will show that our entire lawmaking process, the civil service and even the multiple government agencies would all rationally be said to be wasting public resources. And this is something the country can do without.

Thus, perhaps he should look to his own Cabinet colleagues and even the Government as a whole. Start by cutting the bloat from there while raising the salaries for the policemen who have done their duty admirably, instead of looking to stifle democratic rights over cost concerns.

Hafidz Baharom is an FMT reader.

9 thoughts on “Maintaining Public Order is a Public Good, Nur Jazlan

  1. Considering the amount of work they generated, our MPs are well overpaid. Honestly, can anyone name one MP on the government side who is considered hard working? The few who are always in the news and making fools of themselves are those apple polishers out to defend their corrupt boss.

  2. Then why is Najib’s people, the Red Shirt, creating the disorder? Forget denying it. Like Saudi donation, no one believes.

  3. In Malaysia, we have evolved this strange system whereby MPs have to maintain
    “service centres” to deal with the problems of ordinary citizens vis-a-vis the
    public bureaucracy i.e. our law-makers also have to act as a sort of social worker.
    If we have a system of “public ombudsman” to deal with these issues, this would be better for our MPs.

  4. According to a compilation published on iMoney.my, each Member of Parliament is paid RM16,000 in monthly salary, RM1,200 as driver’s allowance, RM1,500 as entertainment allowance, RM1,500 as travel allowance, RM900 as telephone allowance and RM200 a day to attend a sitting of Parliament. This is paid for by taxpayers.

    ELECTED OFFICIALS AND THOSE APPOINTED TO PUBLIC OFFICES GET ALL THE REMUNERATION PACKAGES EVEN WHEN THEY DO NOT ATTEND PARLIAMENTARY SITTINGS AND THE ONLY LOSS IS RM200.00 DAILY ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE BUT THEY MAY BE COLLECTING HIGHER AMOUNTS ELSEWHERE. EMPLOYEES DO NOT GET PAID [UNLESS ON PAID LEAVE OR SICK LEAVE] IF THEY DO NOT ATTEND AS THEY MIGHT BE BETTER PAID ELSEWHERE..

    [NO REFERENCE TO ANY PERSON LIVING-DYING-DEAD]

    WORLDWIDE CULTURE: MOST ELECTED AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS GET PAID FOR HOLDING THE POST AND NOT FOR PERFORMANCE WITH REGULAR INCREMENTS-REVISIONS-BONUSES.
    THERE ARE SOME WHO DO PERFORM AND TO THEM MY SALUTE AND THANKS. SADLY THESE ARE ONLY A SMALL NUMBER.

  5. Whether maintaining public order is a waste of public funds or not would of course depends on who is creating the public disorder.

  6. Perhaps, Street Protests of the People in Demanding Answers and Returns from the MPs, ex-MPs, State Assemblymen of the divide of their and their relatives Unexplained Wealth Acquired in the millions, tens, hundreds of million or even in the billions that do not commensurate with their salaries/incomes, are Definitely Not a waste of government fund, but will be of great savings and contributions to the government and the people.

  7. This is the problem with Ministers who don’t understand their job and out of touch with reality. In the first place they are misplaced, put into position or Ministry that they have no experience in but just because a Cabinet position needs to be filled and they have to be rewarded for their support. This applies to 90% of the Ministers in the Cabinet. They are ill equipped, lack experience and are not familiar with what is the expectation. They should be like any other employee seeking employment, have the education, skills and experience and interviewed. They should also be given a Job Description.

  8. This Minister’s father used to label Wan Azizah as Cap Naga not realising that his wife is also a Cap Naga. Guess like father like son ha Din.

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