SHAH ALAM, April 11 — Pakatan Harapan does not plan to downsize the civil service upon winning federal power, said caretaker Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
Speaking at a ceremony to honour high-performing civil servants in the state, the PKR deputy president said claims that the pact would do so were rumours spread by political rivals.
“They are liars and irresponsible for saying the Opposition wants to downsize.
“They are also insulting the intelligence of our civil servants, not just in this state but all over the country with these threats,” he said, before handing out awards to nearly 200 civil servants from various departments.
The incumbent Gombak MP also urged civil servants in Selangor to counter the mentioned “fake news” with “real news”.
He went on to criticise the Election Commission (EC) for setting polling on May 9, a Wednesday, saying it would harm the hundreds of thousands of voters who work far outside their constituencies.
Azmin said the decision demonstrated the EC’s lack of consideration for voters.
He went on to question why Putrajaya announced increments for civil servants and increased cash aid for Malaysians just before the general election was called, saying such moves were “surprising”.