GEORGE TOWN: Only 1,686 of the 20,032 professionally-qualified accountants in the country are bumiputras.
That works out to just 8.42%, said Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani (pic).
To increase this number, he said the Accountant-General's Department was collaborating with local universities and professional accountancy bodies.
"It is the global industry practice for chartered or public accountants to have professional qualifications on top of their academic degrees.
"I call on all public sector accountants to upgrade themselves to match the challenging industry in accordance with market demands," he said at the launch of the National Public Sector Accountants Conference 2017 at a hotel here on Tuesday.
About 450 accountants from all levels of the public sector were gathered for the two-day conference, held bi-annually.
Also present were Accountant-General Datuk Che Pee Samsudin and Bank Negara Governor Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim.