PUTRAJAYA: The government will defend civil servants who became victims of the previous administration for not seeing eye-to-eye on various issues.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government could look at either restoring their positions or compensating them.
“We promise to help those who have become victims. But we need to see the reports first.
“We have helped some of them but the number is great, there could be some victims which we may have overlooked. The government will act by restoring them to their former positions or compensate them,” said Dr Mahathir.
He was responding to a question during a town hall session with Administration and Diplomatic officers here today.
Dr Mahathir was asked if the government would help those who were subjected to disciplinary action for not being in favour with the previous administration.
He was also told that at the time, pro-Barisan Nasional civil servants were spared from any disciplinary action despite committing wrongdoings.
Dr Mahathir, however, said, due to budget constraints, the government must be realistic when compensating the victims and was also of the opinion that one must be ready to face consequences to do the right thing.
He shared his own experience of being ill-treated for voicing out his concerns under the previous government, citing he had his allowances cut off and many feared to be close with him.
Report by Azura Abas, Hashini Kavishtri Kannan, Mohd Husni Mohd Noor and Zanariah And Mutalib. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd