SHAH ALAM: Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has urged its leaders and members not to be easily influenced by criticism thrown by the opposition.
Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said this included criticism on policies, which were drafted and implemented for the wellbeing of the people.
He said the process of taking over tasks from the previous government was not as easy as some people think.
He said members of the party should understand that the criticism, complaints and suggestions conveyed to the party leaders were not being ignored, as claimed by some quarters.
He said leaders were facing with a lot of obstacles in achieving each of their tasks.
Khalid, who is also the Shah Alam MP, said civil servants had always viewed Pakatan Harapan (PH) as an opposition pact which criticised them all the time, but now that PH had become the new government, it was naturally not easy for it to achieve (everything it promised).
He said taking over a government was not like driving a car and going wherever you like.
He said the government machinery consisted of humans who had their own understanding and thinking.
"It is not easy for us to convince them (government officials) that the things we are doing or have done, is also for their own good," he said.
"The previous administration had a close tie with civil servants where some of them were promoted because of the then leaders.
"Now, we took over (the government). Hence, it will take time," said Khalid, who is also Amanah national leadership committee member, in his winding-up speech at Amanah National Convention 2019 here.
He also said that after taking over the administration, PH could not simply sack those who were promoted by the previous government.
"We need to follow the current system and policies; and we should give it a chance," he said.
He also revealed that civil servants who were not willing to work with the current government had been removed.
Khalid’s sentiment was echoed by Amanah’s national leadership committee member Datuk Dr Mohd Hatta Md Ramli who delivered his winding-up speech earlier.
“The name ‘flying car’ gained prominence, instead of the potential that it brings to the country. The drone market is worth an estimated RM127 billion,” said Hatta, who is the deputy Entrepreneur Development minister.
The aerial mobility drone project received heavy criticism from the public after Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof decided to use the name ‘flying car’ when announcing the project to the country.
Pahang delegate Mohd Fadzli Mohd Ramly yesterday said it was embarrassing for Amanah’s grassroots leaders to justify the project when asked by members.