PEMANDU UNTIL IT WAS ABOLISHED ON 23 MAY 2018
Pemandu was a unit set up in 2009 under the Prime Minister’s Department of Najib Razak with the task of developing the National Transformation Programme and coordinating its implementation.
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23 May 2018
Jasa director Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz defends the BN Government
Tun Faisal said: “The Pakatan Harapan government has adopted policies like zero-rating the goods and services tax (GST) without first reintroducing the sales and services tax, while at the same time committing to maintaining the 1 Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) and reintroducing fuel subsidies.
“So to me, they don’t have money to do all these. During former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s time, the government spent RM20 billion just to maintain fuel prices.”
During the Najib Razak administration, Tun Faisal said, the government rationalised subsidies, saving RM7 billion, while the GST also helped cover the costs of BR1M payouts.
Dissolution of Jasa victimises staff, says director
Jasa director Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz says agency has an important role to play and that it has more than 1,100 staff, not all of whom are political appointees.
PETALING JAYA: A director of the Special Affairs Department (Jasa) has slammed the new government’s decision to dissolve the agency, saying the move victimises its staff of more than 1,100.
Speaking to FMT, Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz, the director of Jasa’s strategic communications division, also disputed Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s rationale of downsizing the civil service due to the country’s RM1 trillion debt.
Tun Faisal said the dissolution of Jasa wasn’t right, as the agency played an important role for the government of the day and that not all of its staff were political appointees.
“We serve to obtain feedback for the government of the day and explain the government’s initiatives to the grassroots, and we have a presence at every parliamentary and state constituency,” he said, adding the Department of Information didn’t have such a presence on the ground.
“If the new administration wants to sack political appointees I can understand, it’s okay, but we have 850 contract staff who are non-political appointees and 300 staff who are permanent civil servants. It’s not right to victimise them,” he said, adding only a small number of Jasa staff were political appointees.
Dr M: Spad, Jasa, JKKKP, Pemandu, NPC all dissolved
UPDATED 2.07PM | Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today announced the dissolution of five government bodies and committees – the National Council of Professors (NPC), the Federal Village Development and Safety Committees (JKKKP), the Prime Minister’s Department and Performance and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), the Special Affairs Department (Jasa) and Land Public Transport Commission (Spad).
He made the announcement during a press conference following the new cabinet’s first meeting today.
9 May 2018
Pemandu not privatised, says Idris Jala
The Performance Management and Delivery Unit has been disestablished and its work is now being undertaken by the Civil Service Delivery Unit.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) has been disestablished, not privatised, according to former Pemandu president and chief executive officer Idris Jala.
Idris, who is currently the president and CEO of Pemandu Associates Sdn Bhd, said many had thought that the government had privatised Pemandu.
“Many thought that we had privatised Pemandu, but no, we had never privatised Pemandu but it had been disestablished on March 1 this year, and passed the baton to the Civil Service Delivery Unit (CSDU) under the Economic Planning Unit,” he said.
Pemandu is a unit set up in 2009 under the Prime Minister’s Department with the task of developing the National Transformation Programme and coordinating its implementation.
On Pemandu Associates, Idris said it was a pure private consulting firm established by the Pemandu management and staff.
“The consulting firm will provide consulting works to governments, and currently, we are assisting Tanzania, Oman and India’s Andhra Pradesh governments,” he said.
He said as of February this year, 45 Pemandu Associates staff were deployed to assist CSDU to ensure smooth transition of work over the next two years.
“This number will be reduced to 30 in 2018 and Pemandu will be completely disestablished by the end of February 2019,” he said.