Two wrongs would not make things right. However, it is better to stand and defend a wrong decision and rectify it later when the heat is lowered rather than be seen as spineless indecisive lot.
Transfer of MACC’s Bahri, Rohaizad to be reviewed
BY THARANYA ARUMUGAM – 9 AUGUST 2015 @ 10:31 PM KUALA LUMPUR:
The Public Service Department (PSD) will review the transfer of the two Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) senior officers to the Prime Minister’s Department.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim said the duo would be meeting the PSD director-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal and the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa tomorrow.
“With regards to the transfer of two senior MACC officers, I would like to inform that the PSD will review the decision.
“The two officials will meet with the (PSD) director-general and the Chief Secretary to the Government tomorrow,” he said in a statement tonight.
On Friday, MACC special operations director Datuk Bahri Mohd Zin and strategic communications director Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob were transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department with immediate effect. Bahri was among several officers questioned by Bukit Aman police in connection with the leakage of information concerning a probe into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull has since called for the two officers to be returned, and offered himself to be transferred instead.
On Sunday, former MACC Officers Association president Datuk Abdul Razak Idris has called for the transfer of two of MACC’s directors to be cancelled to avoid negative perception towards the government.
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Standing by a decision made even though it was not well thought through and having a good understanding the implications of consequences isn’t at all as bad as reversing the situation the moment the shit hit the ceiling.
The bad decision summary decision of transferring out two senior directors of MACC for reassignment with the Prime Minister’s Department would be not as bad as flip-flopping the decision.
The Star story two days ago:
Published: Friday August 7, 2015 MYT 7:11:00 PM
Updated: Saturday August 8, 2015 MYT 12:19:54 AM
Two MACC directors transferred
BY RAHMAH GHAZALI
PUTRAJAYA: Two Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission directors have been transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department.
Special operations director Datuk Bahri Mohd Zin and strategic communications director Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob were told Friday they were transferred to the PM’s Department with immediate effect.
Bahri was among those questioned by Bukit Aman police in connection with the leakage of information in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd investigations.
Reporters stationed at the MACC headquarters here said they saw Bahri leaving the building “in a hurry.”
A staff said it was a “short goodbye” from Bahri as he walked out of the building with his colleagues at around 6.30pm to his Proton Inspira.
Bahri leaving the MACC office on Friday
At around 7pm, Rohaizad was seen walking quickly to the basement car park, refusing to talk to reporters.
“Thanks for coming here,” he said before driving off in his Proton Waja.
On Aug 3, CID officers from Bukit Aman spent two hours questioning Bahri at the commission’s headquarters in Putrajaya.
He was among several MACC directors questioned by the police the past week.
Bahri had reportedly said he vowed to “find perpetrators who are ordering the arrests” of MACC officers.
Sources told The Star that Rohaizad was transferred due to “disciplinary issues.”
It is believed the transfer could be due to his “soft approach” on Opposition leaders when they visited the MACC headquarters on Thursday.
Another source told The Star that the MACC officers were transferred for breaching the General Orders (GO).
“Government servants risk immediate transfer when they breach the GO,” the source said.
A staff, who requested anonymity, said staff at the office cried when they knew of the transfers.
MACC is not expected to release any statement, preferring “to let these matters to be put to rest,” said a source.
If the excuse is “Disciplinary”, then they decision should be enforced. Public Services Department exactly knows what and how to deal with errand officers.
Last week, the Police requested a remand order for MACC officers be held for questioning for the investigation on the leakage of information with regards to SRC and 1MDB. MACC Director of Operations Dato’ Bahri Mohd. Zin did speak to the media.
This is not an entirely a bad move as it should be seen as the existence of ‘check and balance’ within the Government and there is no need for a third party access for monitoring or supervision. It is also a demonstration of the fact that there is no law enforcement agency is as ‘An untouchable’.
Then again, it is not about the transfer would be seen as trying to cover up a series of wrong doings or reprimanding an emotional reaction to a law enforcement agency being scrutinised any another law enforcement agency. On the other hand, it is also reflective of the decision was not properly thought through and scrutinised.
It would reflect how the Government is not stern and would pander to pressure from the gallery.
The Government already facing a spectrum of issues pertaining to poor perception and misconception. Some of them include for being soft and lacking on enforcement and dealing with rogues and errand personalities, which include public and civil servants.
Then there are also the deficiency questions of being decisive, quick and consistent.
This also would reflect that the political masters are sustainable to be bullied, even by the civil servants themselves. This doesn’t include the fact that in the age of ‘ICT Democracy’, the cvil servants could use the social media through underground means to canvass support from the public.
The Opposition did not fail to politically-capitalise the opportunity, despite DAP blaming the same agency for the summary death of one of their own six years ago
Of course the Government is afraid of the non-co-operation from strategic agencies such as a law enforcement body such as MACC, if not mutiny.
However, the consideration of standing by on a decision no matter how poor it was derived, is very important to ensure its flow-through especially when the Opposition is already rallying up behind them as a false show of support to fully politically-capitalise the opportunity.
It is necessary to stand firm and follow through on any decisions made. Otherwise, flip-flopping would just open any opportunity of all stakeholders which include the civil servants themselves to disrespect the system they themselves designed and swore to uphold.