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?
Read Renji Sathiah’s full article on Brexit.