Judging from the surge of visitors to my blog, I have already suspected that the news of a high-ranking government officer, the Director General of the Ministry of Health no less, being caught, charged and convicted in a Syariah Court for close proximity or khalwat with a nurse early this morning in a five-star hotel in Putrajaya must have gone viral here.
I have posted about this man just over 18 months back. In it I revealed that this DG was much hated by his staff in general. His rise to the highest post in the Ministry was apparently a fluke, thanks to the preceding DG who later regretted his choice, according to my sources. He is not only incompetent, lacking social graces but arrogant as well as lupa daratan (forgotten his beginning) according to his senior colleagues who had tried to contact him following his unexpected promotion but were given the cold shoulder treatment.
When people dislike to the point of finding you despicable they would seek for ways to pull you down. I recall the same thing that happened to an arrogant DG of MAMPU a number or years ago. He was supposed to be promoted to the high post of the Director General of Public Services Department (JPA) but was unceremoniously sidelined following his arrest and conviction for, what else, khalwat with his junior lady officer in a hotel in Johor Bahru.
In both cases, they were tipped off by members of the public. Now, you tell me, in all probability, who in the hotel would know that you, a senior government officer, are not married when you checked in or are seen with a companion if not for people who have dealings with you?
I have had a number of unhappy messages about this DG from my readers. His calling senior officers “bodoh” (stupid) in public is one of them and yet another one was his going around threatening staff and officers that they would not be considered for promotion if they disagreed with his way. Rather autocratic in nature, he is a non-consultative leader and has difficulties accepting alternative views. Can you imagine that our Civil Service still has this kind of leader in PM Najib’s transformational era of government?
To me he is not fit to be the DG of a big Ministry ( or any other Ministry for that matter) and I had impressed upon the new Chief Secretary to the Government to investigate his persistent unprofessional and non-transformational behaviour with the view of removing or replacing him. Now fate itself has dealt a blow to him as he is proven to be a disgrace to the profession and to our Malaysian Civil Service.
The best thing for him to honourably do is to resign from his post, but in Malaysia this is not a normal practice. Silap hari bulan ( the unthinkable could happen), no disciplinary actions will be taken against him and the Ministry’s staff will have to bear the burden of shame for having him as their top leader. Dear Lord, spare your suffering creatures!
For the reader who was unhappy with me for writing about this officer, I would like to say we should not keep quiet if we see arrogance, small-mindedness and unfairness in the civil service the same goes for us in the GLC or the private sector. The behaviour should be exposed as unacceptable so that it will not fester and be emulated.
To Hassan Abdul Rahman (if you still remain the DG) and high-ranking officers like him, I have this to say, humility is a leadership quality and there is no harm to be considerate and respectful towards your staff who are your assets when you are good to them, yet , could be your deadliest enemies if you humiliate them especially in public.
This DG learned it the hard way and rather too late.