Mahathir questions loyalty of some civil servants, says they may still be loyal to BN

Barisan Nasional flags pictured in front of the Tun Razak Exchange development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 14, 2018.
Barisan Nasional flags pictured in front of the Tun Razak Exchange development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 14, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - There are concerns that the loyalty of some civil servants is still with the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday (June 1).

Tun Dr Mahathir said there were many civil servants who voluntarily took part in the recent general election and campaigned for BN.

 

"We are doubtful of their loyalty, whether their loyalty is to the old (BN) government or the new government," he said at a press conference after the ruling alliance Pakatan Harapan's presidential council meeting.

Dr Mahathir, who is also Pakatan chairman, said that civil servants' loyalty towards Barisan is affecting the Pakatan administration.

"We want to govern following our ways and our manifesto, and we need to get the cooperation of civil servants," he said.

Asked if any action will be taken against such civil servants, Dr Mahathir said the Government does not want to "punish people unnecessarily".

He however said he hoped that they will change their attitude and be neutral towards the new government.