Armizan Ali has stated that the civil service recruitment process last year ensured equal opportunities for individuals of all ethnic backgrounds, as reflected in the balanced representation of candidates invited for interviews and those ultimately selected for employment. Government service in Malaysia offers diverse employment opportunities across various sectors, collectively contributing to the nation’s development.
The prospect of working in the government sector garners widespread appeal, as civil servants are held in high esteem and command considerable respect within society. Pursuing a career in the public service is often viewed as prestigious, reflecting the elevated status associated with such roles. When individuals proudly declare themselves as government servants, they invariably earn widespread admiration.
According to the Special Functions Minister, the Public Services Commission (PSC) recorded an aggregate of 1,279,494 submissions for civil service positions last year. Among Malay candidates, 952,300 individuals applied, with 64,813 securing interviews and 16,126 successfully got the job. This translates to a hiring rate of 24.9% for interviewed Malay candidates.
Looking at Indian candidates, there were 3,672 out of 38,005 applicants qualified for interviews, and subsequently, 991 individuals (constituting 27% of interviewees) secured appointment. For Chinese candidates, there were 1,014 individuals (26.5% of interviewees) successfully entered the civil service after 3,833 out of the 15,806 applicants went through the interview process.
“If you consider the matter from the aspect of opportunity to be appointed after being interviewed, the proportion in terms of ethnicity is nearly the same, namely 24.9% Malay, 26.5% Chinese and 27% Indian,” he stated in his reply at Dewan Rakyat.
Armizan emphasized that these statistics underscore the inclusive nature of public service recruitment, affirming that every Malaysian, irrespective of their racial background, is afforded an equitable opportunity to partake in the civil service. The data illustrates a commitment to meritocracy, demonstrating that the selection process is impartial and considers individuals based on their qualifications and capabilities rather than their ethnicity.
The Public Services Commission (PSC) emphasizes a transparent and merit-based approach in the recruitment of federal civil servants, dismissing the use of racial quotas. All Malaysians, regardless of ethnicity, are encouraged to compete openly and fairly for these positions. Out of the 120,000 candidates invited for interviews last year, 88,897 attended, and 20,762 candidates secured appointments.
The appointments included 16,126 Malays (77.7%), 1,014 Chinese (4.9%), 991 Indians (4.8%), 1,199 Sabah Bumiputeras (5.8%), 887 Sarawak Bumiputeras (4.3%), 45 Orang Asli (0.2%), and 500 from other races (2.4%). This breakdown underscores the commitment to a diverse and inclusive civil service based on individual merit and competency.
This was his reply when he was questioned pertaining to the government’s efforts to increase the intake of Indian civil servants to reflect the population in the country. Hence, Malaysian Indians could try their luck applying for the governments.
Source: Free Malaysia Today