Sunday, December 30, 2007

How (Dis)honest Is Our Government III

Non-Malays are just not interested in government jobs - Public Services DG, 25th Dec 2007

The DG said the Government had never condoned sympathy or discrimination when hiring new staff, including those at the Diplomatic and Administration level.

Here is a third response from a non-Malay in The Star, 29 Dec 2007:

ON BEHALF of the Malaysian Association of Social Workers (MASW), I wish to comment on the views expressed by the Director-General of the Public Services Department, Tan Sri Ismail Adam in “Few non-Malays applying, says PSD” (The Star, Dec 25).

He maintains “Non-Malays are just not interested in government jobs, judging by statistics?”

I think this statement is rather misleading and has to be taken in the context of what has transpired in the arena of employment in the civil service the past 30 odd years.

Where the recruitment of social work graduates is concerned, MASW has noted, firstly, that a significant number of non-social-work graduates have been accepted for social work related jobs in the Department of Social Welfare and the Department of Health.

These are the two main government departments that can offer social work based appointments.

Secondly, among these non-social work graduates, the majority are Malay candidates as evidenced in the current staffing, despite the fact that there were many non-Malay social work graduates who were very keen to, and applied for, these jobs in the 70s and 80s.

The feedback received by MASW over the years was from non-Malay social work graduates themselves as well as from their lecturers and supervisors.

Either they were told there were no vacancies upon enquiry or they were not called for interviews upon application or they were interviewed and turned down despite being highly recommended by their lecturers and supervisors.

There may have been pertinent reasons for this, as according to Tan Sri Ismail Adam, selection is “.. based on merit or academic qualifications?”

However, this situation has, rightly or wrongly, given rise to an observation that it is difficult for non-Malay graduates to enter government service.

Thirdly, among our non-Malay members, it has also been observed that even if they were recruited into government service, promotion is not easy to come by despite good performance.

There is a tendency to promote an employee based on the fact that he/she is “going to retire” rather than on competent practice. But this criterion is not applied as a standard rule for non-Malays.

Non-Malays have to be exceptionally, significantly, hard-to-ignore, competent and excellent to be considered for promotion, especially for high-level positions such as, for example, director-general.

Among the many reports from our members, one cited a case where a non-Malay staff member with professional qualifications and more than 10 years of working experience was not selected for the position of head, but was superseded by a non-social-work-trained Malay staff who was also 10 years junior in service.

Many such incidences, which we know also occur in other government departments, have discouraged non-Malays to apply for government jobs because they were concerned they would not be given the opportunity to achieve their full career potential.

This is the actual contextual background to Tan Sri Ismail Adam’s statement.

MASW is happy to know that the PSD is “..trying to reduce the gap between the races in the civil service.” as we believe that in a multi-ethnic society such as ours, the diversities should be mirrored in the public service whose primary responsibility is to serve the society.

Malaysian Association of Social Workers
Petaling Jaya.

JR: Does the PSD DG care to retract his statement now or does he still wants to stand by and let his nose grow longer? Anyway, I am NOT surprised NON of the Chinese whom replied mentioned about going to MCA for help.

How (Dis)honest Is Our Government II

Non-Malays are just not interested in government jobs - Public Services DG, 25th Dec 2007

The DG said the Government had never condoned sympathy or discrimination when hiring new staff, including those at the Diplomatic and Administration level.

Here is a second response from a non-Malay in The Star, 28 Dec 2007:

I REFER to “Samy to query PSD chief over report” (The Star, Dec 27) where Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu questioned promotion opportunities for non-Malays in the civil service.

I am a Malaysian Indian and I have been working with a ministry as an assistant engineer for the past five years. I graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering with honours from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia two years ago.

I have applied for promotion to an engineer (J41) every year since graduating. The PSD hasn’t called me even once for an interview.

It never made sense to me why the PSD preferred fresh graduates when there are graduate assistant engineers waiting to be promoted.

I was voted Best Employee in 2005 with the ministry that I am now with. Even the Board of Engineers Malaysia and Institute of Engineers Malaysia have certified me as a qualified engineer. So there is no reason to turn down my application.

I look forward to the MIC president, looking into this matter as well.

Kuala Lumpur.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Penang Councillors' Term Extended

THE Penang Government has extended the terms of all the 48 municipal councillors until June 30.

State Traffic Management, Information and Communication Committee chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan (pic) said there would be no changes to the existing line-up when the councillors' terms ended on Dec 31.

The terms of councillors of Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) and Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) were extended to facilitate completion of existing jobs, he said.

“The extension is in line with a working system introduced by the state government to facilitate administrative work in both councils,” he said.

According to state regulation, the councillors are eligible to serve for one term, and their terms can be extended to a maximum of four consecutive years.

“All the current councillors have not served that long,” he said.

Current MPPP councillors are Aziaan Ariffin, Mohamed Sabri Ali Anas, Abdul Razak Abdul Rahman, Abu Bakar Ahmad, Fadzil Shuib, Mohd Salim Abdul Bari, Datuk Jamilah Wahab, Noor Hayati Fitrah Shahril, Hamzah Ismail, Tan Yok Cheng, Loh Chye Teik, and Ooi Siaw Kok, Teh Cheng Beh, N.C Mahalingam, M. Nganana Sagaran, Goh Tian Huat, Lim Kean Guan, Teh Leong Meng, Foong Kai Choong, Tan Yeow Hong, Khaw Veon Szu, Dr. Thor Teong Gee, Azizi Zakaria and Hassan Saad.

MPSP councillors are Huzair Osman, Mohd. Noor Ahmad, Ibrahim Ismail, Ismail Umar, Mohamed Sani Bakar, Zaidi Mohd Said, Che Hussain Abdul Rahim, Shafie Kassim, Jumabi Mohamad, Siti Sarah Md. Ani, Ong Tang Chuan, Teh Lay Chuan, Lau Pek Hang, L. Krishnan, Datuk J Loga Bala Mohan, Ooi Liang Chye, Beh Kim Hee, A. Mohan, Wong Heon Thong, Dr. Lim Boon Han, Phee Boon Choon, Mokhtar Mohd Jait and Jusni Ismail.

How (Dis)honest Is Our Government?

Non-Malays are just not interested in government jobs - Public Services DG, 25th Dec 2007

The DG said the Government had never condoned sympathy or discrimination when hiring new staff, including those at the Diplomatic and Administration level.

Here is a reply from a non-Malay in The Star, 27 Dec 2007:

I REFER to your report 'Few non-Malays applying, says PSD' (The Star, Dec 25).

I am Malaysian Chinese who graduated with the Bachelor of Public Management (previously known as Public Administration) with Honours from Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, many years ago.

I studied among others, Politics and Government in Malaysia, Public Policy and Fiscal Policy and Analysis. Actually, this course is to groom administrative and diplomatic officers for the Government.

Ironically, I can never be one, although I would like to serve the government. The reason is I failed in the first-level exam conducted by the Public Services Department (PSD).

Over the years, I sat for so many exams in Putrajaya. To my disappointment, each ended in failure though I do not know which paper I failed.

Our PSD director-general Tan Sri Ismail Adam mentioned that the hiring process is based on merit or academic qualifications. I strongly doubt it. Mind you, I was one of the top students in my course. I was in the Dean’s List for four out of six semesters.

If that was not enough, I also hold a master's degree and a diploma. As time went by, I lost my interest to serve the government because the hiring system failed me – time and again.

Kuala Lumpur.

JR: I think Au Yeong How is definitely over-qualified to be a government servant. Putting him in government service would definitely make the majority (with very poor acedemic qualifications) inside look very bad indeed. He would also have to be promoted to a high post and this will be highly improper as he belongs to the minority race. As much as PM Abdullah would like to digress, I think Au's letter clearly shows how discriminative our public service is.

If academic qualifications are indeed important our public service positions will be filled by minority races and I am sure the forces that are will not allow this to happen as they will lose their rice bowl. If PM Abdullah is not convinced (the public definitely isn't) he has only to look at the racial composition of our foreign service and explain to us why it is filled with staff from only a single race.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Crouching Dragon, Hidden Tiger?

Malaysian PM Abdullah uses ISA on activists

It could not have been more obvious. First the Bersih Rally. Then it was the Hindraf protest. Malaysian activists were out on all fronts to challenge PM Abdullah Badawi to use the ISA to detain them. They have not done anything wrong. So the only way the PM could stop them was to use the infamous Internal Security Act to lock them up - Malaysian style.

Who is behind all this? Anwar Ibrahim? Ex-PM Mahathir? Some might even venture to say that everything was engineered by hidden elements within UMNO itself, plotting the downfall of Abdullah.

Needless to say Abdullah's reputation with Western government and media will be badly hit. Not to mention there will be no love lost between him now and Malaysian Indians whom have been supporting the Hindraf activists all this while.

Abdullah's leadership will be questioned now. First he lost the mainstream Chinese support. Next he has lost whatever support he had from the local Indians. It won't be long when he finally wakes up from his Sleeping Beauty Slumber and see his own pole position all dwindled down. For there are many within UMNO itself waiting to pounce on him. Who will he use the ISA on next?

P/S: Err... has anyone tried googling for sleeping prime minister on YouTube?

Monday, December 10, 2007

Malaysian lawyers arrested for celebrating Human Rights Day

A sad day for human rights in Malaysia

If you are a rapist you might not even be caught. If you are a murderer chances are the Malaysian police are not even interested in you. If you are a robber, just try not to rob someone important. But if you are a lawyer and you want to celebrate Human Rights Day - sorry... you better lookout for the Malaysian Polis!

Human rights day celebration more of a wake

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