update 2, 20 Aug 2013
Right on cue, cronyism follows nepotism (both on Nazri's part). Barely two days after the PM came to his defense, here's Nazri jumping in to defend his boss:
Read the entire article here.
The PM's response - There is no problem with a minister or a member of the government administration recruiting a family member as his aide if it does not involve any payment of salary or allowance to the aide by the government, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
"If such an aide is hired by the minister and gets paid by the government, it is not allowed.
"But if the work is carried out on a voluntary basis and the aide is not a member of the minister's office, we have no objection to this. (It's okay if) he assists in the programmes and does not involve any payment to him by the government."
Read the article here and weep.
And here are two Pakatan clowns supporting the arrogant UMNO clown:
Speaking to FMT today, PAS’ Parit Buntar MP Mujahid Yusof Rawa said it does not matter that Nazri has appointed his son as a special officer as long as the son was qualified.
“If he can perform well, it is okay. If he is appointed out of nepotism, then it is totally a different issue,” he said.
He, however, admitted that the public perception would be negative towards such appointment, deeming it as an act of cronyism.
“And politics is all about perceptions,” said the PAS central committee member.
Selangor executive councilor for tourism, consumer affairs and environment Elizabeth Wong today revealed that she too has appointed special officers to her department in a similar manner. However, she stressed that unlike Nazri, her special officers were not her kin.
“It is actually the prerogative of a minister or exco to appoint a special officer. But because only certain number of officers are allowed to be on government payroll, we pay them from our pockets,” she said.
She said such appointment was normally made when a person with a particular skill is needed to assist in government’s programmes.
“For examples I have engaged a special officer to run the ‘No plastic bag campaign’ for 12 months,” she said.
Read more here and weep even more.
The Spanker says
Politicians should not open their mouths just to hear themselves speak. The PM and both Mujahid and Eli Wong went around the world and ended up saying nothing of value. 'Nuff said.