KLIA sources swear CCTV showed no unpleasant incident. According to FBer Zaharin Md Yasin and verified with sources at the airport, James was rude and disrespectful. Despite that, Shafiq was perceived as flexing his muscle.
Politics and corruptions
It supported Rafi's suspicion of him being a Mahathir man and slotted to be Chief Secretary to the Government. He was Mahathir's senior assistant in 2002 and joined Protocol Division at PM Department in 1992. The political conversation is Mahathir's political Modus Operandi is to instigate retired servicemen and serving civil servants against UMNO. Like all happening in the country, there is always the political side to it.
A major weakness of the civil servant today is their willingness to kow tow to politicians. Instead of professionally guiding politicians on good governance practises, and resisting their misadventures, civil servants showed them the loopholes and succumbed to allow Civil Service to be politically exploited.
Putting aside the politics, this blogger is prejudicial against KLIA Immigration. Myriad of sources have long claimed Immigration is complicit in human trafficking, and illegal immigration activities. KLIA immigration looked the other way to the secret passages into the country.
They operated as a fiefdom beyond the possible surveillance of law enforcement. Arrogance, over protectiveness and defiance are manifestation of the widespread abuse of power, bribery, and tolerance to unlawful activities.
The allegation against Shafiq was not believable initially. In him lies the hope to take action and improve public service quality. Prior to his appointment as DG of PSD, the 58-year old Shafiq was the KSU for Ministry of Health and he managed to return order to the Ministry.
It got out of control during Dr Adham Baba as Minister. International praises in the early part of the effort to combat Covid 19 gone into the head of DG Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah. He became bold, dictatorial and disrespectful of the hierarchy. It is heard there were widespread indiscretions. However, whistleblowers held back so as to not demoralise tired front runners.
Shafiq stamped his feet and was appreciated by the Minister. However, the moment pandemic ended and it was business as usual. The manner few hospital system contracts were awarded does not serve the interest of MOH and out of sync with industry practise. The buck stops at Shafiq and his integrity is in doubt.
It turned out he was only a pawn in Khairy's divide and rule strategy to control the lucratively budgeted MOH. Insiders claimed he was transferred out from MOH for being in the way.
Few days after the reactiom from Immigration union and staff association, Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Zuki Ali announced convening a special committee to probe the allegation on August 7th. It was a day before Shafiq made the gag order. One could speculate it as an angry reaction or intended to bring temperature down.
It is an open secret that the Immigration are territorial and uncooperative with other law enforcement agencies. Have they became so dominant and influential that they could defy PSD and dictate KSN?
Over and above the concern on inefficiency, corruption, and improper conduct, a breakdown in the chain of command is more worrisome. That is till the media highlighted Zuki will turn 60 on August 11th and will be due for retirement.
Then came the announcement on August 11th that his term as Chief Secretary to the Government is extended for two more years. In two years, Shafiq will be due for retirement. The immediate conclusion drawn by observers is that the probe was put together to deny him the KSN post.
Failed state worry
Shafiq could be fixed up in the same manner one former Johorean KSU, the most senior in line, was fixed with a khalwat charge for being in close proximity with his lawfully wedded second wife at a hotel in Johor Baru decades ago.
It was then said to enable a new KSU, which was promoted up the ranks at an express pace, to fill up the KSN post. He happen to hail from Kedah and later became the longest KSN to serve Mahathir.
There is no need to repeat Mahathir's move to push aside the Civil Service through the corporatisation and privatisation program. It is already widely agreed it have led to the decline in the Civil Service to what it is today.
Privatisation turned Civil Servants attention away from the desire to serve and turned them into businessman with the uncanny risk averse ability of Civil Servants. Often than not, the business community deemed the KSUs as having personal business interest or at least strong ties with certain big business interest.
Zuki used to serve Agong's palace and is not known to abuse his position. However, he is the Chairman of the Federal Land Commission and that attracts speculation.
Though land acquisition act used will fix land prices for Kampong Baru, Kuala Lumpur at RM400 p.s.f., whispering among Chinese businessmen is Banks are willing to finance at RM2,000 p.s.f. That is "duit atas angin" that can easily make any honest KSN weak at their knees. It too tempting, and off course, politicians will conveniently be blamed.
Every event that unfold thus far points to several possibilities and explanations. To interpret the incident beyond the isolated confine, it could be an over reaction. Nevertheless, the long and short is one can't help but conclude the "Civil Service only take care of itself", to take a quote from the sitcom Yes Prime Minister than to serve the interest of the people and nation.
With Malaysia being ignored internationally, its economy in disarray, and the social and political fabric in a dismal state, these events merely highlight the decline in the Civil Service has not reversed and on course to inevitably turn the country into a failed state.