Don’t abuse power vested in you, Dr M tells administrators and civil servants

(File pix) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (second from left) has told administrators and civil servants not to abuse power vested in them for personal gain, or in the interests of their families and friends. Pix by Ahmad Irham Mohd Noo

PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has told administrators and civil servants not to abuse power vested in them for personal gain, or in the interests of their families and friends.

He also reminded civil servants to uphold noble values when discharging their duties.

“The power we have is not for us to accumulate wealth for ourselves, family or friends but for the specific purpose of administering our beloved nation as best as we can.

“We are given the power not to enrich ourselves but to perform certain tasks. That is why we are in power. When we resort to malpractices or abuse our power, believe me, we ourselves will become the victims subsequently,” he told the staff of the Prime Minister’s Department during its monthly gathering.

Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

Dr Mahathir said people sometimes tended to forget their tasks when they were given the chance to do something.

Referring to the culture and values practised in the developed countries, he said many of their people and administrators were industrious, trustworthy and diligent, and mastered knowledge.

“They also put into practice what they have learned and live a noble life, making it a part of their culture of living,” he said

On the contrary, he said some countries were less developed because their people, especially the administrators, did not adhere to noble values.

Dr Mahathir said Malaysia may be unable to become a developed nation by 2020 as planned, but the country could still achieve that status because the people had the capability to make it happen.

“What is necessary is sincerity, trust, diligence and effort, and the key is to be satisfied with our work, not with what we get,” he said, adding that to achieve the goal of a developed nation the people should not depend solely on prayers.

“We pray to God but our prayers must be followed with our action. If we only pray and do nothing, what we desire will not come flowing to us,” he said.

The prime minister added that those in the administrative capital were responsible for turning Putrajaya into a city that many admired.

“Previously, there were only oil palm plantations here. Now it is a place that is admired by many and you (the civil servants) are responsible for this,” he said. — Report by Azura Abas, Manirajan Ramasamy, Irwan Shafrizan Ismail and Nadia Hamid

By NSTP Team.

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