COMMENT There have been a lot of emotional reactions from Cuepacs and Perkasa about my statement regarding the oversized civil service. Perhaps the sensitivity is due to the fact that the civil service is mainly Malay and Malay dependence on the civil service for employment is very high.
The right-sizing of our civil service through a voluntary separation scheme is much needed. There are ways of doing it in a humane and caring manner.
First, the government can start with retraining of redundant employees by giving them free courses on skills development: computers, English, basic accounting, corporate law, etc - all the skills needed to make them employable in the private sector.
I am sure once the employees get these skills, many would like to leave as soon as they reach optional retirement age. The government employees will self-separate.
It should be noted that there are thousands of civil servants, where both husband and wife are in the government service. In many cases among the lower level categories, one of them is doing part-time business like selling kain, tudung, kuih, religious books, etc, to earn more money. They probably have business ambitions but cannot afford to leave the government, because they have no capital.