The fielding of  top civil servants as Barisan Nasional candidates in the polls will raise the question of the independence, neutrality and non-partisanship of the civil service

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaua,  Sunday): It is widely reported today that three top civil servants are on the list of Barisan Nasional candidates for the tenth general election, namely:

I have nothing personally against anyone of these three top civil servants, but as a matter of principle, it would be most undesirable for top civil servants to step out from their high government posts to take on the mantle of Barisan Nasional candidates - just as it would be most inappropriate for an Industrial Court President to resign to become the Industrial Relations Officer of an Employers’ Federation or for a High Court judge to resign and join a legal firm which had frequently  appeared before him.

I would urge Halim, Mazlan and Aseh, if they are being offered Barisan Nasional candidatures, to give serious consideration to the higher interests to ensure that the credibility, impartiality and neutrality of the civil service should not be compromised in any way.

One way to protect the neutrality and credibility of the civil service is to introduce a new civil service rule requiring a civil servant to leave the government service for at least three years before he could stand as a candidate of the government  coalition which he had served.


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong