PUTRAJAYA: Based on the additional number of applicants for government jobs this year, the civil service seems to have become more attractive.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said more non-bumiputras have also applied for jobs this year compared to last year.
The number of applicants for the first six months of this year has already exceeded the total applicants last year, he said.
"Last year's applicants were 760,840 while from January to June this year the figure is 797,973," he said, adding that the number of Chinese Malaysians applying for jobs from January to June this year stood at 12,111 compared to last year's 12,875.
Applications by Indian Malaysians recorded 17,798 over the last six months of the year compared to 18,553 last year, he said, adding that those from other races exceeded last year's total figure of 98,148 with 101,085 applications.
Speaking to reporters Thursday at the Public Service Commission here, Dompok said despite the good news, more publicity was needed to get more Malaysians to apply for government jobs because there were 15,887 vacancies to be filled.
"The highest vacancies are for medical officers and administrative officers recording 5,189 and 2,000 respectively," he said, adding that among other posts with many vacancies are Anti Drug Agency officers (1,552) and pharmacists (1,341).
To fill the vacancies for medical officers, pharmacists and dental officers, he said the commission was conducting interviews every Tuesday in Putrajaya, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, adding that appointments would be made immediately.
Dompok said this year the commission plans to provide jobs for 45,000 people compared to last year's 38,569, adding that over the last six months alone 25,277 job placements had been done.