PUTRAJAYA: Barisan Nasional must garner a two-thirds majority in the next general election to better ensure the welfare of civil servants and deliver improved service to the people, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
As such, he said, the BN would strive diligently and with wisdom to achieve a two-thirds majority in the face of the challenges from the political opposition.
“Any government in the world ideally needs a two-thirds majority. We must target a two-thirds majority because we want a stronger mandate. We were driven to the wall twice, in the 12th and 13th general elections. We do not want to hit the wall again for the third time.
“We have to strive to strengthen the government and have a bigger voice in the Dewan Rakyat for the government to remain committed to care for the civil servants and deliver better service to the people,” he told reporters at a press conference after attending the Home Ministry’s monthly assembly and Excellence Award ceremony.
On another matter, Zahid said the government was committed to defending and fighting the rights of civil servants to further boost the public service in the country.
He said the government would never allow any parties to reduce the number of civil servants for whatever reasons.
“We know that there is a demand to add the number of civil servants but the Chief Secretary to the Government and the Public Service Department director-general have to adhere to the previous policy that indicated that there is no need to add more civil servants.
“But if there is any attempt by any party to reduce the number of civil servants for whatever reasons, we will not accept that.
“When the civil servants are burdened by the load of works, we will make some adjustment or upgrade the designation. That’s why we use re-assignment or re-deployment of positions approaches to tackle this issue,” he added.
At the event, Zahid presented the awards to 356 recipients of the ministry and its agencies.