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Consider disbanding other agencies, too
FocusM team | 25 May 2018 00:30
IN  less than two weeks at the helm of the new government, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will be disbanded. In addition, several government agencies deemed as “political” or “non-essential” will also be abolished. 

They are the National Professors Council, Special Affairs Department (JASA), Residents’ Representative Committee, Malaysian External Intelligence Organ-isation (MEIO), the Perform-ance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), National Innovation Agency (AIM) and the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC).

The government must be commended for acting fast to institute reforms. There are many other government agencies which also need to be reviewed to trim the expenditure bill. The existence of these entities overlap the functions of other agencies, which is totally unnecessary and a waste of funds. 

There are also many government foundations which are offshoots of the main agencies. For instance, the Malaysia Green Technology Corporation (MGTC) under the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water is tasked with the development and promotion of green technology. But we also have Yayasan Hijau, which is tasked to reach out to youths. What a waste of public funds.  Can’t MGTC do it under one umbrella?  

It is not only MGTC. There is also Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia (YIM) which aims to “promote and champion innovation”. Since AIM has been disbanded, what about YIM?  

Other agencies which need to be reviewed by the government include the Malaysian Petroleum Resour-ces Corporation; the Sustain-able Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA), the Malaysian Aviation Commi-ssion, Perbadanan Nasional Bhd, whose function to develop the franchise sector can be undertaken by Perbadanan Usahawan Nasi-onal Bhd.

And let’s not forget Biro Tata Negara (BTN), which is essentially a propaganda outfit. 

Axing the 17,000 political appointees in the government service is a right step. It is time to push for greater efficiency and productivity in an increasingly bloated civil service.       

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