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KUCHING, Aug 3: The federal government should not treat Sarawak and Sabah as dumping grounds for civil servants facing disciplinary actions, says Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii.
He said the federal government’s recent move to transfer nine police officers who were being probed for extorting a businessman in Gombak, Selangor, to Sarawak and Sabah is a huge disservice to the two Borneo regions.
While strongly disagreeing with this action, he questioned whether it has been a common practice by the government to transfer “problematic” or non-performing civil servants to Sarawak and Sabah.
“How frequent does this happen, and how far back does this problem happen? If so, why was there no objection by the State government if they are aware of the matter?
“Is this now considered common and acceptable practice by the government?” he asked in a statement today.
Meanwhile, Dr Yii said he would be submitting an urgent question in Parliament under the Minister’s Question Time for the government to answer transparently to this issue.
He also urged the minister under question to take this matter seriously and answer the question in Parliament responsibly.
“At the end of the day, maybe there is a need to reform and put in place a proper mechanism to address unscrupulous and non-performing civil servants rather than merely transferring them here and there, and passing the problem to either another state or even department.
“Such move is not meant to punish our civil servants, but to set a good standard and competency of our civil service which is the backbone of our government.
“This includes having better and equitable incentives for those performing under merits,” said Dr Yii. — DayakDaily