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Public sector losing out over long wait for jobs
KUALA LUMPUR: A complicated application process and a long waiting period for job offers in the public sector are the reasons why outstanding Indian students opt for the private sector.
The Coordinator of the Special Implementation Taskforce (SITF) of the Cabinet Committee on the Indian Community in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam said this was also why there was lack of participation by the Indian community in the professional group of the public sector.
"A lot of Indians who join the public sector hold positions at the lower level, such as technicians and administrative assistants.
"The outstanding students will not wait long for a job, with the private sector racing at the same time to get them," he said in an interview at Wisma Bernama yesterday.
A former Cuepacs president, he said when they began work in the private sector with high salaries, it was difficult for them to switch to the public sector upon receiving job offers, due to the lower pay.
He said on average, only 2.5 per cent of public sector employees in every ministry comprised Indians, but this would change with the various measures being taken by the government.
"The government under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been concerned over this matter and will offer 1,000 public sector jobs to Indians."
The SITF, he said, was also studying the issue of promotions in the public sector for Indians, particularly in the teaching profession. Bernama