Stop rampant use of political appointments, says G25

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has been told to stop the use of political appointments as a reward to those who show loyalty to the ruling party.

In a statement today, G25 Malaysia criticised the additional appointment of advisers and special assistants to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), saying there was already a large number of civil servants at present.

The group comprising former top civil servants said the appointments based on loyalty created a “bad image” for the country because of the lack of accountability and a lack of sensitivity to the people’s interests.

“It is a waste of our country’s funds which are being used for jobs already fulfilled by existing officers in the civil service,” it added.

G25 said the continued appointment of advisers and special assistants to the PMO was an undesirable trend that would result in no limit placed on the creation of posts.

Its statement comes in light of the recent appointment of Kedah Umno chief Jamil Khir Baharom as religious affairs adviser and Umno information chief Shahril Hamdan as economic director of the PMO.

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