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Parliamentary Replies III: From Bad to Worse

Parliamentary answers from Ministers are getting from bad to worse. Today I got another totally empty reply to my question on the MAS restructuring.


I asked how many mid-managers and upper management of MAS will be amongst the 6,000 MAS employees that will lose their jobs. Are the managers also sharing the pain of normal employees? I have been informed by employees in MAS that there are just too many managers in MAS. I also asked if any directors of MAS will lose their posts.


The answer I got from the Finance Ministry was NOTHING but verbiage on retraining and the need to form a new MAS.


What is wrong with the Minister? Can he not read and understand a simple question? Why give me an answer that avoids my question totally? This is the 2nd totally irrelevant answer I got from the Minister on the MAS restructuring for this Parliament session.

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One of my constituents wrote in to ask me to ask about the tapir population in Malaysia. This is a politically non-sensitive question and to the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment’s credit, he gave a short but decent enough reply. Much better than the answers to my MAS questions. There are around 1,000 to 1,500 tapirs and the government has a few programs to help protect the species. If only the Ministry will do more for our tapirs than the borrowed pandas.

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