IT is interesting to note that Wisma Putra (Foreign Ministry) has been ranked the lowest among all government departments ("Works only ministry to get 5-star rating" -- (NST, April 22). It was listed with three stars at No. 15, the lowest, whereas the highest with a five-star rating was the Works Ministry.
I'm sure there are many capable personalities from the academic, media or corporate sectors with a helicopter view and holistic approach who can make a difference in foreign policy than diplomats who are inward-looking as a result of an inbreeding culture.
I am against politicians being appointed as ambassadors, for obvious reasons.
I think Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak would like a new approach in the handling of foreign policy instead of merely taking care of VVIPs and their children overseas. Our diplomats must be competent enough to face the challenges of the new leadership.