Representation in Public Life: Civil Service Recruitment & Advancement
In 2004, the then Parliamentary Secretary disclosed that the percentage of Indian civil servants had dropped from 9.8% to 5.2% over a span of 23 years. Of the 1.6 million people working in the Malaysian civil service, only 4.1% are Malaysian Indians
Key Issues & Current Interventions
At the time of writing, SITF is working with the Public Services Department (“PSD”) to fill a representative proportion of temporary and contractual positions with qualified Malaysian Indian applicants. The low acceptance rate earlier reflects the major challenge of under-qualified Malaysian Indian candidates for these positions, as well as shortcomings in the application process.
Moving Forward: Recommendations & Initiatives
To deliver on this target, this Blueprint plans to effect the following:
1. Strengthen new recruits pipeline
The MIB Implementation Unit will work closely with the PSD to identify and set aside allocations for ‘Pekerja Sambilan Harian (PSH)’ and ‘Special Contract Appointees’. MIB Implementation Unit will review current outreach efforts in order to identify and expand the applicant talent pool, particularly amongst the IB40.
2. Track and address Malaysian Indian civil servants’ progression
MIB Implementation Unit will track the numbers of Malaysian Indians at all grades of the Malaysian civil service towards ensuring balanced representation, but without compromising on qualifications or experience.
3. Increase Placement of Indian Officers in Relevant Locations
MIB Implementation Unit will assess the ethnic balance of leadership and frontline personnel, in Indian-heavy locations, across key public services such as PDRM, Government hospitals and clinics, local authorities and others.