Many permanent secretaries of ministries subsequently revealed they were in fact forced to do so, despite their initial reservations at such an unacceptable staffing.
Today the Malaysian Civil Service is made up of 1.4 million people or nearly 5% of our population, or in real terms, 11% of our total work force. That is more than double what our neighbouring ASEAN countries have in terms of civil servant/population ratio.
Oh, don't forget we also have 600,000 pensioners whom we have to pay.
Our current budget for our Civil Service emoluments plus pensions is 25.5% of our total budget or 71 billion ringgit.
Are you getting value for our taxpayers' money?
More importantly, can we continue to afford such a hefty portion of our budget, the pompous largesse of pompous Mahathir in an oil-rich era?