Jika diperhatikan sejak beberapa tahun kebelakangan ini Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP) dan beberapa media pro Pakatan mencemuh kerajaan Malaysia sebagai antara satu entiti yang membazir dan pemalas.
Serangan ini bukan sahaja bercorak politik malah seperti sudah menjadi perkauman kerana majoriti pengkritik dari kaum Cina dan majoriti kakitangan kerajaan dari kaum Melayu.
Namun adakah serangan terhadap perkhidmatan kerajaan ini sesuatu yang adil?
Kajian oleh World Economic Forum yang dimuatkan dalam Laporan Kompetetif Global 2014 meletakkan Malaysia dalam senarai 10 terbaik dunia dari segi kecekapan dan efisyensi perkhidmatan kerajaan.
Most Efficient Government
Continuing its upward trend, Malaysia makes its way into the top 20 for the first time since the current GCI methodology was introduced in 2006.
The country remains the highest ranked among the developing Asian economies. Malaysia advances nine positions in the institutions pillar, which largely drives this year’s progress.
It ranks no lower than 60th in any of the 12 pillars of the GCI. It ranks an outstanding 4th in the financial market development pillar, which reflects its efforts to position itself as the leading center of global Islamic finance.
And it ranks 7th in the efficiency of its goods and services markets and a business-friendly institutional framework (29th).
In a region plagued by corruption and red tape, Malaysia stands out as one of the very few countries that have been relatively successful at tackling these two issues, as part of its economic and government transformation programs.
The country, for instance, ranks an impressive 4th for the burden of government regulation, although its score differential with the leader in this area, Singapore, remains large.
Malaysia ranks a satisfactory 26th in the ethics and corruption component of the Index, but room for improvement remains. Furthermore, Malaysia ranks 11th for the quality of its transport infrastructure, a remarkable feat in this part of the world, where insufficient infrastructure and poor connectivity are major obstacles to development for many countries.
Finally, Malaysia’s private sector is highly sophisticated (15th) and already innovative (21st). All this bodes well for a country that aims to become a high-income, knowledge-based economy by the end of the decade. Amid this largely positive assessment, the government budget deficit, which represented 4.6 percent of GDP in 2013 (102nd); the low level of female participation in the workforce (119th); and the still comparatively low technological readiness (60th) stand out as some of Malaysia’s major competitive challenges.