Talib tells Pending rep only a few civil servants are dead wood

Talib addressing the august House during the DUN sitting today. Screen grab from DUN CCTV feed.

KUCHING, July 16: Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip told Violet Yong (DAP-Pending) today not to generalise the work ethics of state civil servants even though she had come across “lazy and irresponsible” ones over the years.

“We do admit that there are a handful of lazy and irresponsible officers, but it would be likening ‘a basket full of rotten apples just because one apple is bad’.

“It is not appropriate to paint all civil servants as not performing or fulfiling their responsibilities. It is also an irresponsible statement, especially without mentioning any specific case,” Talib said in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting today.

On July 12, Yong told the august House that civil servants at both federal and state levels needed to improve on their efficiency and work ethics.

Talib commented that as a senior lawmaker, Yong should know and understand the procedures or proper channels to report any incident related to government servants.


“Believe me, the state government will investigate and take firm action without compromise if there is any case reported. We won’t allow this handful of government servants to destroy the public service’s reputation,” he assured.

On See Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang), Talib said See’s debate on July 13 was worthy of respect. — DayakDaily