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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20, 2016:

Malay non-governmental organisation (NGO) Perkasa has called for the government to abolish posts of government officers, advisers and envoys, who were accorded ministerial ranks to reduce national spending.

This, he said, was in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s effort to recalibrate Budget 2016.

Its president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said leaders should be exemplary figures before asking the people to tighten their belts.

“If this action (abolishment) is taken, the rakyat will feel at ease because the leaders have taken the first step before asking the rakyat to ikat perut(tighten belts),” Ibrahim said at a Press conference at the Perkasa headquarters here, this afternoon.

“There is no need for advisers as there are 36 Cabinet Ministers, so what is the need (for example) for (other) appointments to ostensibly attract investors when there is already MITI (Ministry of International Trade and Industry), which has two Deputy Ministers,” he added.

Ibrahim also proposed limiting the number of posts held by former high-ranking civil servants to one for every individual and their appointments not be extended beyond a two-year period.

“I advise them to spend more time with their grandchildren and to make more trips to the madrasah or mosques,” he said.

He added those given posts after retirement had only enjoyed the perks out of self-interest without contributing towards the good of the country.

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