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Abdullah cannot rid the
government of “Little Napoleons” when “full-blown Napoleons” like IGP Bakri
is allowed scot-free to set the bad example of open insubordination
subverting the civilian authority of the Prime Minister, Cabinet and
Parliament by publicly opposing the IPCMC
“Little Napoleons” are civil servants who have not only forgotten the meaning of “civil” but also that they are the paid “servants” of the people.
quoted Abdullah at the
Finance Ministry monthly assembly on Thursday warning “a small group of
civil servants who were trying to show power by delaying implementation of
the country's development projects”, saying:
"We don't want to have 'Little Napoleon' in the civil service showing power by delaying things, for example, just to teach that person a lesson."
Bernama tried to be helpful by providing the following definition – “Little Napoleon is often described as one who is pugnacious, arrogant and abrasive, especially a person in power, having features like Napoleon Bonaparte, an absolute ruler in France during the late 18th century.”
Abdullah’s castigation of “Little Napoleons” in the public service evoked popular response from Malaysians who had long suffered in silence from their strutting, insensitivities and inefficiencies so much so that they have come to regard a visit to a government department as a worse ordeal than seeing the dentist.
Abdullah’s stricture of the “Little Napoleons” is therefore in the mould of his earlier populist calls:
There is however a great difference this time in the public response as compared to Abdullah’s earlier calls – great cynicism and skepticism that anything concrete will come out it, as virtually nothing had been achieved in delivering his earlier pledges and promises of good governance.
No political scientist is required for ordinary Malaysians to know that Abdullah cannot rid the government of “Little Napoleons” when “full-blown Napoleons” like the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Mohamad Bakri Omar is allowed scot-free to set the bad example of open insubordination subverting the civilian authority of the Prime Minister, Cabinet and Parliament by publicly opposing the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
The failure of Abdullah to establish the IPCMC – the most important of the 125 recommendations of the Royal Police Commission – will mark the formal end of public hopes that the Prime Minister has the political will to deliver on his many reform pledges and promises.
The biggest challenge now facing Abdullah 30 months after becoming the fifth Prime Minister is to restore public confidence and credibility that he is the undisputed leader of the Malaysian government, and not heading a rudderless administration where “full blown Napoleons” and “Little Napoleons” flourish and multiply in the public service who are even allowed to trespass into policy-making jurisdictions of the Prime Minister, Cabinet and Parliament.
This he can do by announcing in categorical and no uncertain terms that his public pledge to accept the Royal Police Commission recommendation to establish the IPCMC to create a clean, incorruptible, efficient, professional, human rights-sensitive world-class police service will brook no opposition or sabotage and that the May deadline for its establishment would be met.
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman