[The Star] Consider disciplinary action against Chief Secretary, says Cenbet
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya must consider taking disciplinary action against the Chief Secretary to the Government (KSN), Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki Ali, for mistakenly not inviting Opposition Mentris Besar and Chief Ministers to a special meeting on Covid-19 Tuesday (March 17).

Centre for A Better Tomorrow (Cenbet) co-president Gan Ping Sieu (pic) said such an oversight during a time of public health crisis was unacceptable.

“One can only wonder if he is fit to carry out his duties, especially in the coming days and weeks where utmost professionalism and impartiality is required to contain the spread of Covid-19," Gan said in a statement issued Wednesday (March 18).

According to him, the decision-making process for a national crisis required the input and deliberation from all state government leaders.

“This was not a usual meeting to discuss and update the implementation issues of Federal Government projects, where the involvement of state development directors may be sufficient, ” he added.

The responsibilities of Zuki as the highest-ranking civil servant in the country was to evaluate and advise the government of the day, said Gan, who pointed out that he must be politically neutral and maintain the independence and professionalism of the civil service.

“It is disconcerting to have a KSN whose conduct cannot stand up to public scrutiny and whose impartiality has come into question. It runs counter to the principle of good governance that Cenbet promotes.

“A commensurate disciplinary action against the KSN will be seen as an important step in restoring public confidence in the new administration of the country, ” Gan said.

Zuki had apologised for the oversight and said the Prime Minister viewed the matter seriously and wanted to work with all state governments regardless of their political allegiance.

On Tuesday (March 17), Pakatan Harapan expressed regret that states under it were not invited to attend the special meeting.

"Pakatan records its regret over the action by Putrajaya to not invite Mentris Besar and Chief Ministers from these states.

"If they were not invited because they lead states that are not politically aligned to the Federal Government, then this action will only be a loss to the people," it said.


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