PM tells government bodies to pay up.
PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi wants ministries, departments and agencies to not delay payment for services and goods provided.
The Prime Minister ordered the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and the Implementation and Co-ordination Unit (ICU) to issue reminders to the ministries and departments to pay suppliers and vendors as soon as possible.
“I want payments for goods and services provided to the Government to be settled expeditiously. Don’t wait any longer,” he told staff of the Prime Minister’s Department at their monthly gathering yesterday.
“If the goods have already been supplied and services have been provided to us, then there is no reason to delay payment.
“If we do not pay, a lot of people will suffer. Workers will not get paid and banks will not be paid for the loans issued,” he said.
“This will cause anger and dissatisfaction against the Government. Therefore, I want to remind ministries, departments and agencies to expedite payment; and I want the central agencies to remind them of this.”
He probably intentionally left out, "your war chests will not be filled and you know-la, elections is coming".