PSD scholars must work locally
PUTRAJAYA, April 24 — With only a sixth of government scholars employed by the public sector upon graduation, Putrajaya announced today those who do not join the civil service must now serve their bond in the domestic private sector.
Previously, Public Service Department (PSD) scholars not provided with jobs by the government were released from their bond obligations.
But Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced today that beginning this year, scholars will need to secure employment either with the public sector “or an approved private sector company in Malaysia.”
“I am confident that JPA and TalentCorp will optimise our nation’s best and brightest to ensure a strong pipeline of top scholars to contribute to the priorities of both the GTP and ETP,” the prime minister said, referring to his government and economic transformation plans.
TalentCorp, the agency established at the beginning of last year to attract skilled workers, launched its Talent Roadmap 2020 today which aims to optimise local talent, attract foreign talent and build networks of skilled workers.
It said in a statement the new scholarship requirement would “ensure a strong return on investment on the 12,000 students who will be sponsored this year” that will cost taxpayers RM2.44 billion.
Between 2003 and 2007, only 4,920 out of 30,832 scholars joined the civil service.