A senior minister just 'removed' his loyal and hard-working press secretary, reclassifying him to another department. However, after clearing up his office, this poor guy has yet to receive any letter to enable him to assume his new position.
As a press sec for almost four years, I believe he has done his best. He safeguarded his boss interest to the extent that nobody, especially the media know what kind of a person he is - in public and in office.
He took care of the media wherever his boss goes, ensuring the coverage he gets is well-displayed both in print and electronic media.
The minister, an egoistic and highly proud of his portfolio and a perfectionist pretender, never took notice how much his press sec and other officials are among the best, few of whom are much better than those serving the prime minister and his deputy.
He is 'okay' as a minister but he is easily led. He loves those who flower him with good words, those who make chummy by feeding him with good lies and false reports.
And ever since a new media team - led by his former press sec who quit on him at his previous portfolio - came in few months ago, the boss was convinced that this is the right media people to serve him. And with a bossy lady officer (a Puteri Umno) aiming to become the next Puteri chief in the team, this new special officer is now holding the minister by his balls.
So influential he is that the minister listens and believe in everything he says. This officer rejoined him in a very desperate situation after his contract with another minister wad not renewed.
Ever since rejoining his former boss, he and the Puteri State chief are allowed to demonise the office, resulting in the minister to sideline those who have served him for a long time. Is is true that this officer also claims of holding the key to the ministry's contracts?
I guess its also part of the reasons why the boss has been chiding his press sec of late, including calling him 'al-Qaeda' in public!
Now, the second case, a lousy press secretary. This lady, formerly from an English newspaper, should go back to reporting.
Her boss is a good minister from East Malaysia, well-known for his strong English and having hands-on in any policy, unlike the minister in the first case I mentioned earlier.
However, his press sec ia totally lost and I guess she is not aware of the developments taking place at the ministry.
Why? I recently prepared her boss' text speech for a function. Its all about innovation and R & D. Lots of fact and figures which I took from the ministry's website, research institutes and other sources.
Upon submission, she questioned me and contested the details, and that's when I discovered what a stupid press sec she is.
It was only a month earlier when DPM Muhyiddin Yassin delivered a keynote address on the same topic - innovation - and most of the figures in the text speech I prepared came from that event.
How come she was not aware of it? Such basic and simple figures should be at her finger tips as it came from her ministry. She is totally lost!