Civil servants hired on merit and competence

Equal opportunities: Armizan responding to a question about the government’s efforts to achieve a 7% representation of civil servants from the Indian community at the Dewan Rakyat. — Bernama

MALAYSIANS, regardless of their background, are hired into the civil service based on merit and competence, says Datuk Armizan Ali.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah, Sarawak, and Special Affairs) in a written reply on Nov 15, said there were no set hiring quotas based on race or ethnicity into the civil service.

“For the Public Service Commission (SPA), the method of recruitment and appointment of officers into the general federal public service is transparent, based on the merit and competence of candidates. All Malaysians have equal opportunities to be considered in an open and fair competition,” he said.

The minister was responding to Kesavan Subramaniam (PH-Sungai Siput) about government efforts to achieve a 7% representation of civil servants from the Indian community, matching the country’s racial population composition

Kesavan said there are 41,168 or 4.15% Indian civil servants based on data collected from the Human Resources Ministry.

As of last year, Armizan said 1,279,494 applications were made to the SPA and the commission had called on 129, 498 candidates who had fulfilled the conditions set under the assessment and services scheme for the interview stage.

He said there were 991 or 4.8% Indian candidate were hired into permanent positions.

“A total of 88,897 candidates attended the interview and of the number 20,762 were hired.

“Of the number 16,126 or 77.7% were Malays followed by 1,014 or 4.9% Chinese, 991 (4.8% are Indians), 1,199 (5.8%) are Bumiputra Sabah, 887 (4.3%) are Bumiputra Sarawak, 45 (0.2%) Orang Asli and 500 (2.4%) consist of others.

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