My closest encounters with our Malaysian diplomats were when I managed a project in Cambodia where the Malaysian Embassy staff helped my staff who was stuck in Phnom Penh with special flights due to COVID19 lockdown. Image source: Malaysian Embassy Phnom Penh
A couple of weeks ago, the Government announced a 4 phased recovery plan which immediately was heavily criticised by many sectors of the public, businesses and ex-Ministers like Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz as inadequate and lacking a proper strategy in other areas of the economy and national development. Infographic source: Malay Mail
This is an interesting presentation titled “Making Things Happen in the Government” by Mr Anil Swarup who is a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Uttar Pradesh and who in his 38 years of career has served in various capacities which included Secretary of School Education of India.
(“People First, Performance Now,” says the PM where slogans like this look good on paper but matter little to civil servants who suppose to be upholding such slogans. Image source: Slides Share)
With the advent of technology, my wife having a car on her own and me having to fly out very often, it has been some time since I had to face a civil servant for something really important.