Huazong lends a hand in drive

  • Nation
  • Monday, 06 Sep 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federation of Chinese Associations of Malaysia (Huazong) has taken up the task of helping the Government to recruit more Chinese into the civil service.

Huazong president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Hua said the overwhelming response to its recruitment drive for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in May proved that it was capable of luring Chinese to join the civil service.

“We are also the first non-governmental organisation to assist the Government to recruit more Chinese into the civil service.

“Now, we want to assist the Public Service Department in its recruitment exercise to fill vacant government posts,” he said, adding that some 250 people turned in their applications at the Huazong’s Career Day with the department at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall on Saturday.

Pheng said it was wrong for the public to think that the Chinese were not given the chance to join the civil service.

He also said the applications received were not limited to the positions listed for the Career Day, adding that he hoped the department would give due consideration to each.

Hundreds of people turned up for the event, which saw 86 vacancies in the civil service being advertised, including those for medical officers, teachers and posts related to information technology.

Some even brought along their family members for support while they waited for their turns to speak with PSD officers in the briefing room.

An officer who only wanted to be known as Lim said candidates were allowed to submit their applications for positions relevant to their education and experience.

“There will be no quota for posts as we will take in as many as possible to generate a data pool. However, applicants must be able to ‘sell’ themselves during interviews in order to land the job,” she said, adding that the vacancies advertised at the event were those that needed to be filled urgently.

The deadline for applications is Sept 10.

Information technology graduate Vernice Lee, 26, who came looking for better job prospects, said he wanted to contribute to society.

“Recruitment drives such as this one should be held more often so that the younger generation will be exposed to more choices,” said Lee.

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