Prime Minister’s Department – more staff than European Union’s bureaucracy?


Those behind the Brexit vote often painted the bureaucracy of the European Union as bloated.

So let’s take a look at the EU staffing headcount: 32,900. According to Malaysia’s former head of mission there in the 1990s, these EU civil servants responsible for 28 nations were of the highest quality.

How does this compare with Najib Razak’s Prime Minister’s Department? Well, the last figure I could find was reported in Utusan in 2010. Headcount: 43,544. (What is the figure now?)

If this figure is anywhere close to the present situation, then we seriously need to look at the rationale for so many staff to be concentrated in the prime minister’s department. The 2016 budget for the department? RM20.3bn!

Of course, there are many sub-departments, sections and units under the prime minister’s department? But why do they all have to fall under the prime minister’s department? Isn’t this an over-concentration of power, not only in the hands of the federal government, not only in the hands of the executive/cabinet, but in the hands of the prime minister?

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  1. The big number of staff is due to the practise of lumping all sorts of agencies under the PMD’s budget. Heck.. even ESSCOM is included in here.

    Certainly not comparable to the European Union.

    The PM Department has many different units under it.

    It is not just Najib alone lah. For the operating budget (operating budget includes CAPEX an OPEX for existing operations) the PMD (as opposed to PMO) was allocated RM9 billion and for development budget it is RM13 billion.

    The budget is allocated here so it can be centrally controlled at the PMO level. Much of the budget are then passed thru to the various ministries and agencies for implementation.

    The following are all under the PMO:

    1. Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM)
    2. Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (SPRM)
    3. Public Services Commission (SPA)
    4. Education Service Commission (SPP)
    5. Judicial Appointments Commission (SPK) JAC
    6. Land Public Transport Commission (L.P.T.C)
    7. Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission EAIC
    8. Election Comission of Malaysia

    Central Agencies
    1. Public Service Department (JPA)
    2. Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU)
    3. Economic Planning Unit (EPU)
    4. Malaysia Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU)
    5. Public Private Partnership Unit (UKAS)

    Department and Agencies
    1. Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM)
    2. Legal Affairs Division (BHEUU)
    – Malaysian Legal Aid Department (JBG)
    – Malaysia Department of Insolvency (MdI)
    3. Maritime Enforcement Affairs Division (BHEPMM)
    4. Ceremonial and International Conference Secretariat Division (BIUPA)
    5. Cabinet, Constitution and Inter-Government Relation (BKPP)
    6. Property and Land Management Division (BPH)
    7. Research Division
    8. Public Complaints Bureau (BPA)
    9. National Civics Bureau (BTN)
    10. Judicial and Legal Training Institute (ILKAP)
    11. National Audit Department
    12. Malaysia Department of Syariah Court (JKSM)
    – Mahkamah Syariah Wilayah Persekutuan (MSWP)
    13. Malaysia Department of Islamic Development (JAKIM)
    – Jabatan Agama Wilayah Persekutuan (JAWI)
    14. Parliament of Malaysia
    15. Department of Statistics
    16. Department of National
    17. Attorney General Chambers
    18. Department of Awqaf, Zakat and Haji (JAWHAR)
    19. Advisor Board
    20. Sabah Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board
    21. Sarawak Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board
    22. National Security Council (MKN)
    23. Prime Minister’s Office
    24. Chief Government Security Office (KPKK)
    25. Pejabat Mufti Wilayah Persekutuan
    26. Pejabat Ketua Pendaftar Mahkamah Persekutuan
    27. Pejabat Penasihat Sains
    28. Prime Minister’s Department
    29. Unit Inovasi Khas
    30. National Palace of Malaysia
    31. Office of the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal the Conference of Rulers’
    32. Secretariat Office of Ex-Prime Minister Y.A.Bhg Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad
    33. Secretariat Office of Ex-Prime Minister Y.A.Bhg Tun Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi
    34. Pejabat Seranta Felda
    35. Office of Federal Secretary, Sabah
    36. Office of Federal Secretary, Sarawak
    37. Bahagian Pendidikan Awal Kanak-Kanak
    38. Unit Kawal Selia Felda (UKSF)
    39. Performance Management & Delivery Unit PEMANDU
    40. Protection Division UPS
    41. Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM)
    42. Federal Territories Director Of Lands And Mines Office

    Statutory Bodies
    1. Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA)
    2. Pilgrims Fund Board (LTH)
    3. Penang Regional Development Authority (PERDA)
    4. Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan
    5. Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM)

    1. Institut Integriti Malaysia (IIM)
    2. Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology
    3. Talent Corp
    4. TERAJU
    5. PEMANDU Corporation
    6. UNIK Corporation

    Other than above, there is also a new dept there now to take care of Chinese New Village Affairs and Small and Medium Industries (SMI) under Wee Ka Siong where the budget and role was taken over from other ministries.

    Mah Siew Keong also took over the Hindu Endowment Fund and Hawker development from other ministries.

    • What does Judicial Appointments Commission do most of the time?

      What is the difference between these and what are their budgets?
      – Agensi Inovasi Malaysia
      – Unit Inovasi Khas

      What is the difference between these (which should be under Home Affairs)?
      – Chief Government Security Office
      – Protection Division

      Why are these dept. here and not under other ministries?
      – Land Public Transport Commission (which handles MRT and LRT) – not under Transport
      – Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and Eastern Sabah Security Command – not under Defence
      – National Audit Department – not under Finance
      – Mahkamah Syariah Wilayah Persekutuan, Federal Territories Director Of Lands And Mines Office, Pejabat Mufti Wilayah Persekutuan – not under Federal Territories
      – Sabah Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board – not under govt. of Sarawak
      – Sarawak Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board – not under govt. of Sabah
      – Pejabat Ketua Pendaftar Mahkamah Persekutuan from the courts as in other states
      – Pejabat Seranta Felda, Unit Kawal Selia Felda and FELDA itself – not under Agriculture
      – Bahagian Pendidikan Awal Kanak-Kanak, Institut Integriti Malaysia and Judicial and Legal Training Institute – not under Education
      – Penang Regional Development Authority from Rural… Urban… or whatever Development (There are so many)
      – Public Service Department – not under Manpower

      All these are as you listed. Some other names were incomplete. I await your enlightening explanation.

    • I think many functions have overlapping responsibilities and could be streamlined or combined to achieve better efficiency and productivity, with reduced headcount to cut cost. But it will take a strong political will.

    • centralisation. more power, no mp can ask questions and more $¥£€. see the expenditure. result taxpayers havd to pap.

  2. Latest Dasha Logan (daughter of Alleycats) update. first intrduced her to many.

  3. The “talented” kids from Permata [may] soon be absorbed under PM de;pt headcount per Rosmah’s wish the hubby cannot deny.

  4. udah2 le pengundi2 semua.selamatkan negara ini dari terus hancur binase beban hutang dah rm 800 billion engkau tahu tak?aset2 negare2 byk tergadai,simpanan kwsp sosco korang pun bn umno rembat ok lagi dgn gst 6 peratus lagi mau undi bn umno yg rasuah tuka?pikir tentang anak cucu cicit kau jgk bukan tentang diri kau ja.lawan tetap lawan,ALLAH HU AKHBAR

  5. Husni’s resignation to do with 1MDB despite denial ? Sarawak Report published more revelation yesterday if you can access to it.

  6. The poisonous fruits of feudalism, “exceptionalism”, greed and the populist path of least resistance include these:
    – Intake whenever the economy or govt. income improves a little. A gigantic PM’s dept. with about 15 ministers and dy. ministers.
    – Regular increments of pay across the board, regardless of performance.
    – Little work done except under overtime, a campaign, “task force”, project, etc. Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria stated (in MMO, 8/1/15) that even judges play truant.
    – Multiple, overlapping, departments for planning, coordination, training and productivity. About a decade ago, the public even paid for a propaganda song on productivity. In the early 1980s Musa Hitam famously said he would sort out the Land Office.
    – Parallel “development” in Opposition-ruled states to undermine their governments.
    – BR1M largely unrestrained. Yet, many of the destitute lack any assistance and there are even crack-downs on volunteers.
    – Secretive “defence” expenditure. Minister of Defence admitted (ref. FMT, 16/2/16) that the country has been participating in “military exercises north of Saudi Arabia” with 20 other countries for 15 years.
    – Widespread resort to consultants (to advise or plan) and contractors (to execute or deliver).
    – Conveniently blaming contractors, the public, etc. The courts support this, e.g. Highland Towers, bus crashes.
    – Misuse of public resources by politicians and civil servants, e.g. (a) land grabs for cronies (b) conditional promise of development at a by-election. The courts hold that this is not bribery. Visiting politicians travel long distances at public expense and are hosted at public expense to announce such promises.
    – No punishment of a civil servant for incompetence, dereliction of duty, disobedience, malfeasance, racism, crime or damages. Written policy states that a civl servant will only be reprimanded, transferred, suspended or – at the very worst – deprived of a few increments. GLCs that have no business investing continue to “invest”, even abroad. The Opposition is too busy plotting even to comment on the shocking cases the Auditor-General compiles painstakingly every year.
    – Last but not least, hastening the end of humanity through climate change, e.g. (a) more, ever bigger vehicles idling (for aircon) but not getting any work done (b) more useless construction (c) unnecessarily cold office aircon (d) streetlights not switched off. Immediate damage includes major illnesses through particulate pollution. On the other hand, you have to wonder if such a brutish species deserves to survive.

  7. South China a Morning Post:

    A scandal that may well rank as Malaysia’s biggest has not dented the political fortunes of Prime Minister Najib Razak. His Barisan Nasional ruling coalition easily won two by-elections last month and a state poll in May, prompting a cabinet reshuffle and a fresh crackdown on critics. A prominent opposition figure has been arrested on graft charges and a new investigation launched against vocal detractor and former leader Mahathir Mohammad. The moves strengthen Najib’s position ahead of the 2018 national elections, but are also threatening the country’s racial and religious harmony and the possibility of clean and effective governance.

    Lim Guan Eng, the chief minister of Penang and secretary-general of the Democratic Action Party, is the latest in a string of opponents to be accused of wrongdoing. Other critics, among them members of Najib’s United Malays National Organisation (Umno), the leading party in the coalition, have been removed for claiming the law has been selectively enforced over the money-laundering scandal involving the state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad. The latest are Umno vice-president Shafie Apdal, who quit the party after being suspended, deputy president Muhyddin Yassin and Mahathir’s son, Mukhriz Mahathir, who were both sacked.

    Seven jurisdictions, among them the US and Hong Kong, are investigating the disappearance of up to US$4 billion from 1MDB. Najib has been cleared by Malaysian authorities of acting improperly over the movement of US$681 million from a 1MDB entity through his bank account. The accusations have not gone away, but neither have they harmed him politically and he has been able to capitalise on a fracturing of the opposition. Umno has also been moving closer to a conservative Muslim party that supports the introduction of Sharia law.

    Najib’s government is undermining the country’s fundamentals. He is putting political survival ahead of Malaysians’ interests. Business and foreign investment will stay away until he embraces open and inclusive politics.

    • China developers to build homes for China nationals taking up My2ndHome in Penang?
      Or maybe Gerakan can grant them instant blue IC to vote for BN?

      • MCA Gelakan should be open minded to allow China nationals to come here as domestic helpers,and in a way provide opportunities for young Penangites to hook up with them as they are less demanding than local girls now more tuned to expensive condos as primary prerequisite for marriage.

  8. What i do know is, 1pm made malaysia into belacan since he came to power, unsolved murders, billions missing, throwing opposition heads into jail etc etc etc.

    Anyway, i find solace in tunglang, he is no longer intoxicated by his kopi o kau kau unlike Ah Soon, i shall say no more about the latter. And for tunglang, i say a big thank you for speaking up against injustices !

    PS guan eng is not perfect, we are all fallen beings, do criticise him by all means but in the constructive ways, in order to improve penang for all.

    Just arrived penang this morning and found that the pavements were all done in pulau tikus, what a delight !!!

      • Find solace in tunglang, what a tribute! Tunglang may go Pulau Tikus to have a kopi maaf zahir batin session with Lim before he returns to SP or somewhere.

      • Jive, you want come along ? He he

        All of you should belanja Anil kopi o kau kau la, good one i mean !!!

      • I drink wine at pub but abstain now for fear of IS strike.

        So don’t mind we drink kopi, Anil any good suggestion?

      • So Anil and Lim we let the kopi maestro to pick one, probably not the one at Lorong Susu? 🙂

        Peace on earth…..

      • Jive, take Anil for kopi la, invite tunglang to come along as well and zoro, i wish i can join you guys but for some reasons, i really cant make it, not convenient at all for me, thks for understanding. A big kamsia.

        When you all meet, enjoy your kopi o kau kau but please dont fight, esp tunglang and zoro, be gentlemen, ok. Thks again !

  9. just throw a stone chances of hitting gomen tuan is high. no wonder chances of winning election is high.

    • Many are surfing FB while being paid on working hours. Anyway the Union has proclaimed that the workers are entitled to sleep when tired (from internet fatigue?)

      Imagine how many unemployed local graduates if they are not absorbed by PMO?

      Also do not forget those fulltime Umno cybertroopers prowling the internet (eg.the analyzer on Msiakini).

  10. why worry? be end mp said once we paid taxes the money brlongs to gomen. they can do as thry like. tax money no longer belongs to rakyat

  11. This is politics. Without doing so, who will take care of the malays and where the votes going to come from? Too bad we are living in a country where the majority .. are mostly lazy and ineffective in their work. If you care about being Malaysian, learn to live with it or change the government (which is almost impossible).

    • The best one can do to stay competitive or employable in the increasingly competitive labor market is not to get infected by this malaise (sickness) work culture. Only then can one be ‘mobile’ @ work + can emigrate if the rots get any worse. Loyalty to country or political party takes last in the sensible minds of those who ‘Chi Kei Ku Chi Kei’ in the 21st century of globalisation.

      • It is Cantonese version.
        2 meanings – You are on your own or mind your own business
        *Please provide written Chinese characters when quoting Chinese proverbs.
        As somehow this just cannot be “pinyin”
        It is hard enough to distinguish which is Mandarin , Fukien , Cantonese and some even uses Hakka phonetically.

      • ‘Chi Kei Ku Chi Kei’ is a Cantonese saying for self preservation i.e. take care of your own survival – welfare, safety, career or rice bowl, family, financial, prosperity, & if you might want to add, cultural preservation in a wider societal context.
        It can also mean ‘mind your own business’ if spoken in an advisory caution.
        Here, I meant the former one for own survival & sustainability in Malaysia Boleh.

        Is there a proper pinyin for Cantonese?

  12. 1.6 million gomen civilians, kerajaan prihatin a government that cares despite alledgely many still sleeping on the jobs only the western work can envy our work ethics, bolehland truly boleh!

    • Many redundant workers in the bloated government sectors.
      Down the road the tax payers have to foot the bill for their medical bills, pension…. Likely in the form of higher GST rate.

  13. 43,544 civil servants! Ready vote bank in Putrajaya?
    Possible job roles:
    One for photostatting.
    One for rubber stamping.
    One for printing (from Epson printers?).
    One for answering the phone.
    One for internal document courier between departments.
    One for switching on all aircons, lights, photostat machines, Epson? printers, shredders, water dispensers, etc.
    One for reading comments.
    One for … the list can go on & on & on until the last count!.

  14. how small and little is 43.5k? bigger than all the stadiums in malaysia. excuse to built a 60 to 80k capaciy. bigger than uncle sam pentagon.


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