THE Government will continue to ensure that the country’s civil service is multi-racial besides attracting more non-Malays to join the service, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.
“We should be doing something now. Not just discussing about it. We do not want a civil service that is from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s or 1970s. This is 2004 and it should be made up of Malaysians.
“I am more willing to have Malaysian Indians and Chinese than non-Malaysians from Indonesia and the Philippines. If a Malay comes up to me and says that we should get rid of the Chinese and Indians from the civil service, I will scold him,” he said yesterday when winding-up for Budget 2005.
He also said that everyone should help in increasing the number of non-Malays in the civil service.
On the loan shark problem, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said the Moneylenders Act needed to be amended to grant more power to the police to make arrests.
“Under the current Act, police must have a warrant of arrest when going after runners of the Ah Longs,” he told the Dewan in his winding-up speech for the Budget debate.
Ong said the Act prohibited moneylenders from using force and violence to recover debts, adding that those found guilty faced a maximum fine of RM100,000 and a jail term up to 15 months, or both.
Ong also agreed with a suggestion from Teresa Kok (DAP – Seputeh) that more micro-credit schemes would discourage people from borrowing money from loan sharks.
Later during a press conference, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that the Education Ministry would adopt some of the NS elements in secondary schools.
“Among the suggestions are to include it in the curriculum and each student must participate in at least one uniformed body such as police cadets or the Malaysian Red Crescent Society because these bodies have similar elements to the NS,” he said.
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