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More non-Malays keen to join civil service
Publication Date : 03-01-2013
More non-Malays have shown interest in joining the civil service, according to statistics compiled by the Public Service Commission (PSC).
Malaysian Chinese applicants increased by 77 per cent between June and December last year, compared with the same period in 2011, while applications from the Indian community went up by 79 per cent.
There were 11,848 job applications received from the Chinese community in the second half of last year and 21,481 from the Indians.
This represented a giant leap in the interest shown by non-Malays in the civil service, which previously only made some 2 per cent increase on average in the applications yearly, said PSC chairman Mahmood Adam.
Of the number, 2,630 Chinese successfully obtained job offers from the PSC, likewise for 2,354 applicants from the Indian community.
A total of 631,692 applications were received across the board in that period, with the Malays making the largest share at 495,015 applications.
“Other races, including the ethnicities of Sabah and Sarawak, also showed an encouraging response, jumping from 58,346 to 103,348 applications.
“All these are a result of our recent efforts to engage the various ethnicities through roadshows, advertisements in the media and even seminars to guide them in applying for a job in the public sector,” he told a press conference yesterday.
On the response shown by the Chinese community towards job opportunities in the Government, Mahmood said the commission's records showed that many Chinese preferred higher positions requiring university qualifications.
They were not interested in clerical positions which formed the largest number of job offers, he said.
“We don't find this a problem with the other races. There is nothing wrong with this, perhaps it's just a common perception among the (Chinese) community,” he said.
He also reiterated the importance of the six principles of work laid out by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, especially for those hoping to land a job in the public sector.
They are represented by the acronyms CTI, which stands for cepat, tepat dan integriti (swift, accurate and integrity) and PCI or produktiviti, kreativiti dan inovasi (productivity, creativity and innovation).
The principles of CTI and PCI were part of the Government Transformation Programme to produce greater efficiency in the delivery of public service.
“At PSC, we will also examine a person's sense of loyalty to the organisation, integrity, their positive mindset and whether they can be team players,” added Mahmood.