KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri T. Subromaniam’s appointment as Customs Department director-general shows that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is a person who values fairness and meritocracy.
Gerakan vice-president Datuk A. Kohilan Pillay, in praising the government’s effort to protect and promote the interests of all Malaysians, said it was “admirable” that Najib had stood firm on Subromaniam’s appointment despite receiving petitions against it.
“Najib’s courageous and admirable act convincingly diffuses misperception that only Malays can rise to top positions in the civil service.
“We are glad that the 1Malaysia spirit is truly reflected in the governance and certainly hope this will lead to greater meritocracy, diversity and inclusiveness in all aspects that will ultimately benefit the country,” he said in a statement today.
He said Najib showed that he is a leader of all Malaysians by not bowing to pressure and is willing to fight for the rights and interets of the non-Muslims and award positions based on merit and seniority.
Kohilan said Barisan Nasional had always been committed to promoting empowerment, potential and inclusive growth of all communites, adding that Gerakan believed everyone has equal opportunity in a democratic society to receive recognition or treatment befitting one’s capability and performance.
“The opposition did not keep their promises to the voters as they failed to bring significant improvement in the lives of non-Muslim communities in Pakatan Harapan states.
“Clearly, democratic values and principles including meritocracy have been substituted with partisan interests in their pursuit of power and status.”
Najib had defended the appointment of Subromaniam, saying he was the most qualified senior officer in the department.
In his speech at MIC’s general assembly on Sunday, Najib said he stood his ground in Subromaniam’s appointment, despite receiving petitions against it.