The long standing dispute over employment policy of the Sarawak state and federal government has come to the surface again: only a mere 2% of the federal civil service consist of Sarawakians, as revealed by a parliamentary reply to DAP. 2.5mil Sarawakians make up 9.8% of the Malaysian population standing at 28mil currently. Instead of addressing the issue the State Secretary prefer to totally misrepresent the situation by claiming that the state government’s employment policy is `balanced’. May be he can show some statistics to prove his claim if the ethnic balance of civil service in Sarawak-under his purview, reflect the ethnic balance in Sarawak itself? For teachers Penisular based teachers are paid up to RM1500.00 hardship allowance to retain their service in Sarawak’s interior-where there are readily available local teachers who can take up the jobs! Why?
State practises balanced employment — SS
by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith, email@example.com. Posted on August 31, 2011, Wednesday
KUCHING: The state civil service practices a balanced approach to employing its personnel, said State Secretary Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani.
As such, he said, there is no issue of the Dayak community being underemployed in the state civil service.
“There is no quota for any one race as we go for balance. There is no percentage even for the racial make-up among the state government personnel,” Morshidi said at the Chief Minister’s Hari Raya Puasa open house yesterday.
He was commenting on Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen’s claim that the Dayak community is under-represented in the federal civil service.
Morshidi explained that the low numbers alleged by Chong were not under the state’s purview.
On Saturday, Chong said the Dayak community made up only 2 per cent of the 700,000 federal service officers, excluding those in the army and police.
He had called for more Dayaks to be recruited for the federal civil service as many local officers who retired were often replaced by those from the peninsula.