PSC: More non-Malays apply to join civil service
MIRI, Sept 4 — The government’s efforts to get more non-Malays to join the civil service seem to be bearing fruit.
Job applications from non-Malays rose to 5.6 per cent between June and August this year compared to only two per cent as of May out of the 1.2 million applications received through the Public Service Commission (PSC), said PSC chairman Tan Sri Mahmood Adam (picture).
He attributed the increase to the large-scale campaigns carried out in the Chinese and Tamil print media as well as the dialogues held throughout the country.
The situation was different in Sarawak and Sabah where the number of applications from non-Malays, including Bumiputeras, was 16 per cent, reflecting a positive rise following similar campaigns, he told reporters after launching the Miri PSC interview centre here.
Mahmood also said the PSC informed applicants of the outcome a day after the interview instead of them having to wait for up to two weeks to know the result as in the past.
He said there would be limited job vacancies over the next two years as many civil servants had opted to retire at the age of 60.
“We anticipate some 7,000 vacancies this year and 7,000 next year,” he said.
Mahmood also said the PSC was looking for suitable locations in Bintulu and, most probably, in Limbang to set up interview centres. — Bernama