PUTRAJAYA – Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today the task of the new administration would be to revive the country and make it respected again throughout the world.
He said it was a challenge to bring back good governance and successful development so that the country was once again recognised as a self-sustaining nation.
“We must be aware that our country is not accorded the respect it once enjoyed. I am very disappointed (now) because at one time we were known as the best administration among the Commonwealth countries as we carried out tasks well and implemented successful programmes and plans.
“But, today, we find that this country is no longer respected, and the administrators are no longer held in high regard,” he said when addressing staff of the Prime Minister’s Department at Dataran Putra here.
Dr Mahathir also reminded the staff on the separation of powers in a democratic system, namely the Executive, Legislative and Judiciary, as a form of “check and balance” to restore the country’s honour.
“This separation (of powers) is very important. If there is no check and balance like this, it will lead to undesirable consequences which cannot be reprimanded, prevented or objected to. This is what we have to remember. Administrators are the people with the will to carry out tasks to develop the country,” he said.
“Administrators must serve with excellence and not be distracted by other reasons. This is very important, and I am convinced that you (the administrative staff) all know that we as administrators must adhere to our country’s system of democracy,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that if the separation of powers did not exist, one branch would end up dominating the other two and would resort to doing things contrary to the laws.
He said the staff of the administration played an important role as people who have pledged to serve the country without fear or favour.
“For example, if administrators are told to do something contrary to the laws of the country, then it is their responsibility not to accept such instructions. We have seen, in the last few years, that administrators had no power to reprimand or oppose instructions which went against the law,” he said. – BERNAMA