Is there a conspiracy behind the BH article?
KUALA LUMPUR: Some prominent bloggers have expressed strong displeasure against NSTP Group Managing Editor Abdul Jalil Hamid over an article in Berita Harian which they believe will have negative repercussions on the Government.
The article, titled 'Saya sedih khidmat ditamatkan lebih awal', had ex-Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah airing unhappiness for being 'victimised' when his service was terminated earlier.
In the article, Abu Bakar was quoted as saying that he had opted to retire at 60 but the government’s unexpected decision meant that, his benefits and pension would only be considered until last month.
In term of seniority, Abu Bakar had been speculated to be the next Chief Secretary of the Government replacing Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan but in the end the position went to Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa.
Prior to this, some quarters felt that Abu Bakar should be held responsible for the Public Service Remuneration Scheme (SBPA) that had to be scrapped following widespread protests from the civil service ranks and files who felt the scheme was for the benefit of those in the senior positions.
According to blogger A Voice, Abu Bakar was personally assigned by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to look into a new pay scheme that better serve the civil servants but instead he had come up with the SBPA.
The blogger said he was puzzled that Abdul Jalil had carried the interview.
"The approval of the news by Abdul Jalil seems to be a sabotage to stir voters from the civil service to vote against Barisan Nasional.
"Now one wonders as to why the GEIC (group editor in chief) of NST and BH would approve the report that made as though Abu Bakar was victimised. Despite this being untrue, it will still be used to embarrass Dato Najib," the blogger said.
Meanwhile, blogger The Unspinner claimed the article would be deemed as an attempt to damage Najib's administration adding to the damage earlier caused by the SBPA debacle.
The blogger stressed that Abdul Jalil, who was once the Director of Communication in Prime Minister's Office, should understand better and be more reponsive to articles that could cause more damages.
Blogger Datuk Ahiruddin Atan, or better known as Rocky Bru, advised Abdul Jalil to listen and be more engaging with experienced bloggers before doing more blunders.
"These guys (bloggers) may be pro-BN but they have proven time and time again to have it in them to be very critical of BN leaders and their machais when they become harmful or useless to the party and leadership," he said.
In an article carried out by NST today, Abdul Jalil had gone to great length to discuss the SPBA issue, saying that civil servants could now look ahead with the new leadership, following the departure of Mohd Sidek and Abu Bakar.
"Those in the public service can now look forward, to a better and a more rewarding career, as the country marches towards meeting Vision 2020," he wrote in the article viewed as an attempt of damage-control as well as to redeem himself.
Meanwhile, PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali has started to campaign for Abu Bakar when he posted two Twitter messages: "Keadilan untuk Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah (Justice for Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah)", few hours ago.
Another twitter message reads as :"Pertahan profesionalisma anggota perkhidmatan awam. Keadilan untuk Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah (Let's defend the professionalism of civil servants. Justice for Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah)".