In a written reply to DAP MP Nga Kor Ming, Minister in the Prime Minister’s department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the escalated operational costs were due to the “creation of new agencies” within the department as well as the addition of posts in a few existing agencies.
The number of civil servants in the PM’s Department has also increased from 21,045 in 2003 to 43,544 in 2010.
“Spending RM4 billion for one government department costs five times more than financing the Perak state government. The country has been facing a deficit for the past 15 years, yet we have the highest number of civil servants in the world, as well as Cabinet members,” said Nga.
The Taiping MP claimed that the purpose of some government agencies within the PM’s Department was highly dubious and demanded further clarification.
“One of the new agencies created is a managing office for former PM Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi? Since when do former PMs need an office? So when Najib steps down, we have to create an office for him? What about Tun Dr Mahathir? Where is his office? Should we have another office for him?” said Nga.
According to the reply to Nga, the six new agencies include Pemandu (Implementation and Coordination Unit), and the National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC).
Six existing agencies which include the National Security Council (MKN) and Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) experienced an increase in manpower.
“I don’t understand why we need so many civil servants. We are a small country with a huge civil service. Japan has 120 million citizens, but only 380,000 civil servants.
“The government of the day has to relook into the ratio of civil servants in a particular government department to avoid wastage,” added Nga.