Shocking statistics but expected

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) – Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok wants an explanation from the Public Service Commission on the low percentage of Sabah and Sarawak Bumiputeras in the civil service.

“We had discussed the matter at a meeting with the Management Integrity Committee. I will meet the PSC beginning of next year and want to know why this is so.

“I want them to come out with some sort of verification and findings pertaining to this problem,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here Monday.

Citing statistics, he said of the 18,858 applications from the Ibans, only 24 were accepted while only one out of the 617 Orang Asli who had applied was accepted.

Earlier, in response to a question from Lee Chee Keong in the Dewan Negara, Dompok said race was not a factor used by the PSC in the selection of candidates to be called for interviews.

Lee had asked about the effectiveness of efforts by the PSC to woo the non-Bumiputeras for employment in the civil service.

Dompok said PSC was transparent in the selection and appointment of employees in the civil service although there was racial imbalance.

“This happens because there are fewer non-Bumiputeras, especially the Chinese and Indians, wanting to join the civil service,” he added.


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