Chua: Revamp PSC to attract more non-Malays into civil service

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 07 Aug 2012

Education boost: Dr Chua (centre), Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, assemblymen and members of parliament posing with representatives of Chinese schools after the cheque presentation ceremony.

JOHOR BARU: The Public Service Commission (PSC) needs to restructure some of its processes to attract more non-Malays into the civil service, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

He said one of the processes was allowing for faster recruitment of professionals such as doctors, engineers, surveyors and even pharmacists.

“There is also a suggestion for the teaching profession to have its own commission because there are 400,000 teachers nationwide. This will be more focused on education and manpower requirements,” he said.

Dr Chua was commenting on Federation of Chinese Association (Huazong) president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah's recent statement that a complicated process and long waiting period were deterring the Chinese from joining the civil service.

He had also blamed stiff competition among the races for their lack of interest.

Agreeing that the waiting period of between six months and a year to join the civil service was too long, Dr Chua said by then, some candidates would have lost interest and looked for another temporary job.

“Another issue is with regards to job posting for candidates,” he said after handing over a RM14.1mil allocation to 123 Chinese primary schools and three national-type Chinese secondary schools in Johor.

Another problem which had to be addressed was the perception that the career path for non-Malays in the Government was difficult, he said.

“This has become a vicious cycle. It is good for the commission to restructure but it will not be easy as it needs to have views from the entire country,” he said.

Dr Chua also said MCA welcomed the Government's decision to retain the withdrawal age for Employees Provident Fund (EPF) savings at 55.

MCA, he said, was always in support of allowing EPF contributors to withdraw their money whether partially or in full at the age of 55.

“This also debunks the Opposition's claim that the Government does not have money and is using the people's money from EPF,” he said.

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