‘Govt hiring more staff during pandemic’


Zainal (second left) opening PSC’s new interview centre in Komtar, Penang. Also present is state secretary Datuk Abdul Razak Jaafar (left).

THE Covid-19 pandemic has not affected government hiring, which has in fact increased with the onset of the pandemic, said Public Services Commission (PSC) chairman Tan Sri Zainal Rahim Seman.

He said about 13,000 to 15,000 permanent staff were expected to be hired this year, with the numbers to be increased to 22,000 if contract workers were hired.

“Covid-19 has no effect on available vacancies in the civil service as we continuously supply workers yearly to departments’ needs, especially those involved directly in the crisis, such as the Health Ministry.

“Every department which needs more staff, doctors and nurses in hospitals, will be looked into to make it happen.

“At the height of the pandemic, we recruited thousands into the civil service to meet demand. In fact, we are creating more jobs during the pandemic, which is

continuing unabated during this period,” said Zainal when opening PSC’s new interview centre at the Urban Transformation Centre in Komtar, Penang, on Tuesday.

He was responding to a question on whether the Covid-19 crisis had forced the government to cut down on hiring.

On the call by civil service workers union Cuepacs to reinstate full-staff status to 55,000 contract workers, Zainal said it came under the purview of a different department.

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