Not only was Tan Sri Abu Bakar by-passed, his application to continue service was rejected and he was terminated on June 30.
Firing a civil servant would be seen as preposterous by the lovable but conniving Chief Secretary to the Government, Sir Humphrey in the famous British sitcom of the 90s, Yes Prime Minister.
He would have been rattled by the revelation in Berita Harian yesterday that former Director General of Civil Service, Tan Sri Abu Bakar Abdullah was dismissed and not retired.
By virtue of seniority, Tan Sri Abu Bakar was widely expected to take over the post of Ketua Setiausaha Negara (KSN) or Chief Secretary to The Government, a post similar to Sir Humphrey, from Tan Sri Sidek Hasan.
Instead, Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak by-passed Tan Sri Abu Bakar and chose Dato Dr Ali Hamsa as replacement for KSN in the middle of June.
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