Thursday, February 16, 2006

Meteorological Department needs to buck up

I was having tea with my clients when I saw about 8 ladies in a group with their departmental name tags walking into the Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court canteen this morning. Each of them was having a plateful of rice and dishes and enjoying their meal leisurely for exactly half an hour. After they left, another group of 4 took their turn. I was not sure if they were taking their breakfast, lunch or brunch because it was 10 o’clock in the morning. Their tags indicated that they were from the Meteorological Service Department situated next to the court house.

I wonder whether it is still the culture and practice of the government departments where the civil servants are given half an hour in the morning and afternoon to walk out of their offices for their tea. If it still were, then it would be high time that the government should abolish it or downsize the civil service.

A simple calculation will tell us that substantial amount of productive hours are wasted in the government departments for such unproductive activities. It’s time for the government departments especially the Meteorological Service Department to buck up when the Prime Minister has called for everyone to work hard for the 9th Malaysia Plan.


Anonymous said...

YB ,talking about this dept- i dont know u all hv this experience or not.
Each time when there is dry season or rainny season - the moment these officer announced that the dry season will go on for
a few months or few weeks - the next day it will start heavy rains - many times already - the latest one was just after CNY .
any comment, YB??

Teng Chang Khim said...

This is our common experience.