Most Muslims are still in Hari Raya mood. Open house here and there. The roads in KL are still congested on weekends as they rush from one open house to another.
I attended a few. My tummy can only fit one open house in a single day. I dont know about my fellow-blogger A Voice, Big Dog and House PK (sorry bros). However, I do envy those who can really eat, and most of the big eaters are not usually fat or big in sizes.
My point here is, how many times does a minister, a deputy minister, a ministry secretary-general, a deputy sec-gen and other high ranking government officials have to organise open houses? Since the past few years, I notice a trend that some ministers will play host to at least two open house feats.
Sometimes last week (as an instance), a minister hosted an open house using his ministry's name at his constituency in Negri Sembilan. A few days later, he hosted another open house in Kuala Lumpur. And then, his sec-gen hosted another open house for the ministry at Carcosa Seri Negara.
Another minister who had also hosted similar event in Johor held another one in the capital yesterday. I guess only Members of Parliament host a single open house at their respective 'kampung' while those with Cabinet designate are 'obliged' to organise it at his kampung level, ministry level and senior officials level.
When they host Raya open house at various places under the label 'Hari Raya Bersama Rakyat anjuran Kementerian.....', who actually pays for the bill? The person himself? Or the ministry, which means the government?
I believe the government bears all expenses. We got another week to go before Syawal ends on Oct 10. How many more open house still in the counting? How much more does the government has to fork out?
Yes, open house is good. It brings together people from all walks of life into a cheerful atmosphere. However, it is wise to host so many open house feats for a ministry? Why must everybody with such portfolios exploit their positions? Unless they pay their own bill, then its okay.
But they will produce the claims to the government on the pretext that the open house was organised for the rakyat. Doesnt matter if a minister got to host three or four open house, its for 'the rakyat' and the government is more than willing to pay everything.
I think its a waste of money. A ministry should host one open house. We got so many ministries, each can choose which state to organise a national-level open house, instead of letting its minister, the deputy and sec-gen having it separately.
And, please... we dont need posters, buntings or banners to invite the public. Its suffice to have the newspapers and other media passing the message around.