Dudong assemblyman wants reform in Sarawak agencies, GLCs

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing
20/05/2022 08:46 PM

KUCHING, May 20 (Bernama) -- An assemblyman today called on the Sarawak government to make improvements and reforms to ministries, agencies and government-linked companies (GLCs) in order to encourage a business-friendly environment and ensure efficient implementation of policies on the ground.

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (GPS-Dudong) said among the measures to do this was to allow more elected representatives without ministerial posts to hold the position of chairman in government agencies and GLCs in the state.

He said the state constitution stipulates that the position of chairman and board members of some government agencies or GLCs must be held by a minister, deputy minister or secretary-general of the relevant ministry.

“Elected representatives can become the bridge for all parties in the private and public sectors by reflecting the voices and suggestions of the public in a timely manner,” he said when debating the motion of thanks to the Yang Dipertua Negeri Sarawak’s address at the State Assembly sitting here today.

He pointed out that civil servants in the system will inevitably become beholden to authority or afraid to speak up, while in some cases they have become bogged down in red tape with meetings after meetings.

Tiong said elected representatives could make use of their status to elicit resources and cooperation to effectively promote progress, reform and break through existing bottlenecks in the system that had been hindering the forward movement of the agencies or GLCs.

“We must encourage diversified participation in the system of government departments, rectify shortcomings, improve efficiencies, reduce bureaucracies, simplify policies while at the same time cooperate with elected representatives to examine and improve internal issues, remove stagnant policies and obstacles to various welfare programmes,” he said.

Tiong said with the authorities delegated, the government can expect elected representatives to work without hindrances, better understand the real issues of a particular organisation and report back to the minister concerned for further action in order to bring about practical solutions and changes.

He also called for government agencies or departments to be revamped and decentralised to simplify the system and make it more people-centric and friendly.