FEBRUARY 27 2012 23:30h
It’s hard to leave an impression that the Kukuriku government has callous and manipulative propensity towards the public. You could say, it has been ‘’dirtier’’, more arrogant and more insolent. Even compared to the Government led by Jadranka Kosor who put some effort to create an illusion of legal state. Jadranka Kosor, no matter how incompetent she was, would have never shut down, for example, Vjesnik, and the minister of finance Ivan Suker would have never said that Vjesnik was a dead corpse that had to be buried, like Slavko Linic once said. Kosor would have never said that 5000 people should have lost their jobs in one day like the minister Milinovic did and then add, like SDP’s member Rajko Ostojic did, that ministers and MPs needed to be paid up with entire apartment rent and public services’ bills.
In a manner of affirmation of its own arrogance and insensitivity, this Tuesday Kukuriku government brought the decision about definition of conditions that members of supervisory boards and administrations of public companies have to fulfill. Furthermore, according to these conditions a member of supervisory board or administration can be a person who has been sentenced by court under the condition that 5 years have passed from the verdict. And a bonus is even time spent in prison.
That’s how, for example, Srecko Ferencak could become the member of Janaf’s Supervisory board. But even Radimir Cacic could end up at similar position. He doesn’t care in the moment what his verdict might be since state firms will always have extra working position for him, over some supervisory boards or administrations. With or without conditions, final verdict or not, spent time in prison or not – it doesn’t matter.
However, in order people won’t be saying that these politicians are careless; the new government introduced a regulation, for example, that this ideal candidate for a supervisory board, who is sentenced with the right to appeal, can’t rob the same firm two times. So it was decided that a person who is convicted for a crime in some firm cannot become a member of supervisory board or administration of that firm, but it could become a member of supervisory board or administration in another one. That’s how, for example, gangs from Podravka, Croatian postal service, HEP and another firms from Fima media, if being sentenced, they still could regain public seats of state firms only few years afterwards – like Croatia insurance, Croatian lottery and Janaf. The only thing that matters is they didn’t rob that particular firm.
A howl of such decision is even bigger since the members of supervisory boards and administrations are allowed to do things their employees can’t. The law says that an employment in state administration or public firm is impossible if the applicant has a criminal charge upon him. But this regulation obviously doesn’t apply to ‘’gods’’.
And the members of Kukuriku government just named themselves ‘’gods’’ when deciding that criminals can be hired in state firms. And what can we expect from the new government? A revision of transition and privatization? According to which system? If someone who was stealing then, can once more recreate the destiny of employees in state firms? What righteousness, morality and a pattern of behavior different than HDZ’s pattern Kukuriku coalition talked about within their campaign? Their stories have faded as soon as they arrived to St Marko square.
The only difference is: Kukuriku coalition was required to overtake HDZ’s power. And to overtake power from Kukuriku coalition, the only thing required will be – Kukuriku government itself.