three cheers for the nazim

when was the last time you heard of government institutions downsizing because they were inadequately staffed? or moe accurately, because they were incompetent? or that they just weren’t there?

not in a very long time, i bet.

the news reported today of how, in a meeting of all the cleaning staff of the city, somewhat wierdly named “malaria coolies”, he fired 140 of them for not being there.

this is a case of drastic action being needed and drastic action being taken. kudos to the guy.

however, there is another aspect to this. will simply dismissing absentees and putting on a public display of outrage be enough? and isn’t this simply a scaled down display of the rampant corruption wihin the city government itself? does bandaging one sore cure the leper? its easy to fire a low level employee like the said malaria coolies – but does the nazim have it in him to fire the edos and sdos if they get out of line? or the city engineers? or the relvant people in the water and sewerage department? and i’m pretty sure that the issue at hand regarding the mess in the city had less to do with the malaria coolies not showing up for work than the larger flaws in the infrastructure.

the following is a verbatim reproduction of a conversation with a kbca engineer before the rains in karachi.

me: ______ bhai, agar is dafa baarishein ho gaeen to yeh jo saaray projects chal rahe hain in k kya hoga?
he: kya hoga? karsaz se le kar nazimabad tak eik lamba sa swimming pool ban jaye ga.

while i admit that the kbca has nothing to do with the projects as such but the fact remains that this reflects the apathy of the personnel working for the city. and that apathy is all pervading in the sense that it does not follow any boundaries of department or rank. what i would like to see is the same summary treatment meted out to all people working for this city if they fail in their duties, be they malaria coolies, police personnel, engineers or even the nazim himself.

not to say that the first step has gone unappreciated….

9 Comments so far

  1. mansoor (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 8:29 pm

    hip hip HURRAY!

    xill: even the longest of journeys begin with a single step. Firing of low level employees is more of a sign than action… its a threat to others to clean up their act.

    personally.. i believe the institution of suspending govt. employees should be done away with, they should be fired permanently! also not rehiring recently suspended govt. workers (from one branch of govt. to another) should be discouraged!

  2. mansoor (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 8:33 pm

    He warned all these employees that next time if they failed to perform their duties “they should think themselves terminated from their jobs” and said those efficient in their duties will be rewarded with increase in salaries

    Now that’s the way to go about it! The carrot and the stick management style :D

  3. Kashif (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 8:37 pm

    what about the mpas and mnas who are absent from parlimentary sessions? fire ’em too, i guess

  4. verysmart (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 8:47 pm

    yey… by the way he has dismissed a few engineers two months ago for not showing up on duty when he ran a random inspection of the works on the nazimabad underpass at 0300 hrs :) and soem days later when he was driving around on his way home immediately after returning from malaysia for a city development forum, he inspected the works on ghareebabad and liaquatabad and dismissed the KWSB’s Incharge for being unavailable at the site.

    Mustafa Kamal is an MBA from University of Wales, Cardiff.. earlier he completed his DBA from malaysia.

  5. Naimat Ullah Khan (former Nazim of Karachi) (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 1:54 am

    I hope you have had his degrees checked and its not the same case as with ‘Dr.’ Amir Liaquat whose PHD degree, by which he calls himself a doctor, turned out to be issued by online ‘university’ which is not even recognized in the country in which it operates.

  6. Naimat Ullah Khan (former Nazim of Karachi) (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 2:09 am

    Please also read the bio of Dr. Amir at Wikipedia as below:



    or simply write the term “fake degrees of Dr. Amir Liaquat” in google and see how many results you find.

  7. Adnan (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 10:00 am

    Naimat Bhai even Dr.Maleeha Lodhi plagiarized her PhD thesis.App kia baat karahay hain :>

  8. MB (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 10:36 am

    Dismissing the coolies was not a big deal. This was but:
    “The Malaria Coolies were called by city Nazim for the first time in 30 years ”
    Well done cheetay.

    But I wonder if these cooolies start a “dharna” or something later saying they were victimized due to them being non-urdu etc. In such cases that what comes up later on.

    And what about the 19-grade officer this government has brought on in Sindh Secretariat who is not a matriculate, & about which all other non-urdu are baffled. He is accused of having fake degree for Matric, Inter and Graduation. What about that my sweet dear brother Mr. Mustafa Kamal.

  9. imrana (unregistered) on August 20th, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

    hi mustafa kamal sahab muhj aap ki personality bouhat achi lagti hai aur aap ka kya phone no hai aap send karday plz i am big fan of u

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